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Dr Victoria Alexander

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PositionProgramme Convenor, BA Arts Management
Email V.Alexander (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 020 7896 2702
Dr Victoria Alexander

Victoria D. Alexander (AB, Princeton; AM, PhD, Stanford) is Senior Lecturer in Arts Management.  She joined Goldsmiths in September 2015 as the Programme Convenor of the BA (Hons) in Arts Management.  She moved to Goldsmiths from the sociology department at the University of Surrey, where she taught sociology of arts and cultural organisations, and previously taught sociology of culture and organisational behaviour at Harvard University.

Her research has been in the intersection of sociology of the arts, visual culture, sociology of organisations, and sociology of culture – all areas directly relevant to Arts Management. She has studied the funding of art museums, current challenges facing the arts, cultural policy in comparative perspective, sociology of the arts, neighbourhoods, and visual culture.  In current interdisciplinary work, she studies aesthetic fields, user-generated reviews of cultural attractions and arts policy.

Her books include 

  • Art and the Challenge of Markets, Volume 1: National Cultural Politics and the Challenges of Marketization and Globalization, co-edited with Samuli Hägg, Simo Häyrynen and Erkki Sevänen
  • Art and the Challenge of Markets, Volume 2: From Commodification of Art to Artistic Critiques of Capitalism, co-edited with Samuli Hägg, Simo Häyrynen and Erkki Sevänen
  • Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective, co-authored with Marilyn Rueschemeyer
  • Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms
  • Museums and Money: The Impact of Funding on Exhibitions, Scholarship and Management

Academic Qualifications

  • AB (Sociology) summa cum laude, Princeton University, 1981.
  • AM (Sociology), Stanford University, 1985.
  • PhD (Sociology), Stanford University, 1990.

Teaching

Dr Alexander currently contributes to modules in arts management, arts and cultural theory and cultural policy.  Previously, she has taught organisational behaviour, cultural organisations and industries, sociology of the arts, visual culture and research methods (qualitative, mixed, visual, and documentary methods).

Area of Supervision

Dr Alexander will supervise PhD work in the following areas: Arts management, art worlds including understandings of artistic/creative practice, cultural organisations and industries, cultural policy, heritage, organisational behaviour, sociology of the arts, urban arts, visual culture.

Professional Activities

Dr Alexander has been active in the sociology of the arts and in arts management.  She is on the Advisory Board of the Research Network on the Sociology of the Arts, European Sociological Association, and previously served as Decana (Senior advisor), Chair, and Vice-Chair for the Network.  She organised the international conference, Great Expectations: Arts and the Future, organised or co-organised numerous conference sessions on arts and culture in the US and Europe, and was Guest Editor, with Anne Bowler for a Special Issue, ‘Art at the Crossroads’ for the journal Poetics

In 2012, she led the multi-disciplinary Surrey Light Project (EPSRC, Award Reference: EP/J501566/1), which commissioned visual artist Tine Bech to create a light sculpture, inspired by the science of light, which was exhibited in Guildford Castle, Guildford, England. 

Recent conference papers include,

  • Alexander, Victoria D. (2017). ‘The Art Gift’. Paper to be presented at the European Sociological Association’s Biennial Conference, Athens, Greece, 29 August-2 September.
  • Alexander, Victoria D., Grant Blank and Scott A. Hale (2017) ‘How People Think about Distinction: Using Digital Trace Data to Examine Cultural Hierarchies’. Paper to be presented at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting, Montreal Canada, 12-15 August.
  • Alexander, Victoria D. and Anne E. Bowler (2017) ‘Theorizing the Aesthetic Field: Constructing a Framework for the Sociology of the Arts in the 21st Century’. Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Association’s Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA, 23-26 February.
  • Alexander, Victoria D., Grant Blank and Scott A. Hale (2016). ‘User-Generated Distinction: Digital Trace Data and Cultural Hierarchies in TripAdvisor Reviews of London Cultural Attractions’, paper presented at the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on the Sociology of Culture Midterm Conference, Emergent Culture, Exeter, UK, 16-18 November.
  • Alexander and Bowler (2016). ‘“A Champion for a United America”: Aesthetic Fields and the Legitimation of Outsider Art’, ESA, RN02, Porto, Portugal.

She has been an invited, keynote or plenary speaker at events in the UK and Europe.

Featured Work

  • Alexander, Victoria D. (In Press). ‘Enterprise Culture and the Arts: Neoliberal Values and British Art Institutions Art’, to appear in Art and the Challenge of Markets, Volume 1: National Cultural Politics and the Challenges of Marketization and Globalization. Editors: Victoria D. Alexander, Samuli Hägg, Simo Häyrynen, and Erkki Sevänen.
  • Alexander, Victoria D. (2017). ‘Heteronomy in the Arts Field: State Funding and British Arts Organizations,’ British Journal of Sociology. Published online-first, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12283.
  • Hale, Scott A., Grant Blank and Victoria D. Alexander (2017). ‘Live versus Archive: Comparing a Web Archive to a Population of Webpages,’ to appear in Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder (eds), Web as History. London: UCL Press, pp. 45-61.
  • Alexander, Victoria D. (2014). ‘Art and the Twenty-First Century Gift: Corporate Philanthropy and Government Funding in the Cultural Sector’, Anthropological Forum, 24 (4): 364-380.
  • Alexander, Victoria D. and Anne E. Bowler (2014). ‘Art at the Crossroads: The Arts in Society and the Sociology of Art’, Poetics, 43 (1), 1-19.
  • Alexander, Victoria D. (2013). ‘Views of the Neighbourhood: A Photo-Elicitation Study of the Built Environment’, Sociological Research Online, 18 (1): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/18/1/10.html.







Publications

Edited Book

Art and the Challenge of Markets: National Cultural Politics and the Challenges of Marketization and Globalization
Alexander, Victoria D.; Hägg, Samuli; Häyrynen, Simo and Sevänen, Erkki, eds. 2018. Art and the Challenge of Markets: National Cultural Politics and the Challenges of Marketization and Globalization. London: Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-319-64585-8

Art and the Challenge of Markets: From Commodification of Art to Artistic Critiques of Capitalism
Alexander, Victoria D.; Hägg, Samuli; Häyrynen, Simo and Sevänen, Erkki, eds. 2018. Art and the Challenge of Markets: From Commodification of Art to Artistic Critiques of Capitalism. London: Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-319-64643-5

Book Section

Live versus Archive: Comparing a Web Archive and to a Population of Webpages
Hale, Scott A.; Blank, Grant and Alexander, Victoria D.. 2017. Live versus Archive: Comparing a Web Archive and to a Population of Webpages. In: Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder, eds. The Web as History. London: UCL Press, pp. 45-61. ISBN 978–1–911307–42–6

Reflections on the Challenge of Markets in National, International and Transnational Art Worlds
Alexander, Victoria D. and Hägg, Samuli. 2017. Reflections on the Challenge of Markets in National, International and Transnational Art Worlds. In: Victoria D. Alexander; Samuli Hägg; Simo Häyrynen and Erkki Sevänen, eds. Art and the Challenge of Markets: National Cultural Politics and the Challenges of Marketization and Globalization. London: Palgrave, pp. 327-339. ISBN 978-3-319-64585-8

Enterprise Culture and the Arts: Neo-Liberal Values and British Art Institutions
Alexander, Victoria D.. Enterprise Culture and the Arts: Neo-Liberal Values and British Art Institutions. In: Victoria D. Alexander; Samuli Hägg; Simo Häyrynen and Erkki Sevänen, eds. Art and the Challenge of Markets: National Cultural Politics and the Challenges of Marketization and Globalization. London: Palgrave, pp. 67-93. ISBN 978-3-319-64585-8

Article

Heteronomy in the Arts Field: State Funding and British Arts Organizations
Alexander, Victoria D.. 2017. Heteronomy in the Arts Field: State Funding and British Arts Organizations. British Journal of Sociology, ISSN 0007-1315

A Brave Look at Disadvantage, Black Youth, and Culture: Patterson and Fosse’s The Cultural Matrix
Alexander, Victoria D.. 2016. A Brave Look at Disadvantage, Black Youth, and Culture: Patterson and Fosse’s The Cultural Matrix. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(8), pp. 1419-1425. ISSN 0141-9870

Art and the Twenty-First Century Gift: Corporate Philanthropy and Government Funding in the Cultural Sector
Alexander, Victoria D.. 2014. Art and the Twenty-First Century Gift: Corporate Philanthropy and Government Funding in the Cultural Sector. Anthropological Forum, 24(4), pp. 364-380. ISSN 0066-4677

Art at the Crossroads: The Arts in Society and the Sociology of Art
Alexander, Victoria D. and Bowler, Anne E.. 2014. Art at the Crossroads: The Arts in Society and the Sociology of Art. Poetics, 43(1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0304-422X