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Program Coordinator

  • Steven Dubin
    Office Location: 421A Thompson
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Steven Dubin received his Ph.D. in sociology at University of Chicago; in addition, he did postdoctoral work at both University of Chicago and Yale University. Prior to coming to Teachers College, he was a faculty member at Purchase College – State University of New York for 19 years, where he directed the Media, Society and the Arts Program. Dr. Dubin also offered a course in the Columbia Summer Session from 1985 to 2005. In addition to being Professor of Arts Administration at TC, he is a Research Scholar at the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.

    Dr. Dubin is the author of Bureaucratizing the Muse: Public Funds and the Cultural Worker (1987); Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions (1992 and paperback, 1994); cited as a Notable Book of the Year by New York Times, and by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights); Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum (1999 and paperback, 2000); Transforming Museums: Mounting Queen Victoria in a Democratic South Africa (2006); and the forthcoming Past Imperfect/Future Conditional: South African Culture Wars in a Globalized Perspective.

    He has won many awards, including the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Abroad Research Fellowship to South Africa, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Visiting Professorship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and residencies at The Bellagio Study & Conference Center, The Ragdale Foundation and The Ucross Foundation.

    Dr. Dubin has written and lectured widely on public funding to the arts, censorship, transgressive and controversial art, museums, popular culture and southern African politics and culture. His numerous articles and reviews have appeared in social science journals as well as more popular media. In recent years, he has been a regular contributor to Art in America. He is frequently sought for commentary by journalists, and Arresting Images was referenced in a 1992 court decision involving the police seizure of a painting in Chicago. In addition, Dr. Dubin has become a free speech activist, breaking the story of corporate censorship at Mattel, Inc. in regards to Art, Design, and Barbie: The Evolution of a Cultural Icon, a 1995 museum exhibition which he helped curate. His article, “How I Got Screwed by Barbie” generated news coverage nationwide.

    He has been traveling throughout southern Africa since 2000, including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Associate Professor of Arts Administration

  • Jennifer Lena
    Office Location: 413 Zankel
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Jennifer C. Lena is Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teacher’s College and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Sociology, Columbia University. She also holds an appointment as Research Scholar for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) at Indiana University. She is a past fellow of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Barnard College. Lena has also worked as a Visiting Professor at advertising agency DDB Worldwide, and consults for major national and international non- and for-profit arts organizations.

    Her research focuses on understanding processes of classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories. Recently, she has started to publish on related issues within the study of artistic identity, careers, and non-profit arts management.

    In 2012, Princeton University Press published her first book-length project, Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music, which presents a sociological examination of musical genres, conceptualizing them not as collections of similar sounds, but as communities of shared practices. The book was named one of Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012, and was reviewed in theAmerican Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Times Higher Education, and discussed at the Daily Beast, the Freakonomics Blog, and on WNYC’s Soundcheck.

    Her research on music has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Poetics, andAmerican Behavioral Scientist; and has been reprinted in texts dedicated to highlighting excellence in social science methods, hip-hop scholarship, and the sociology of culture.

    Dr. Lena joined the staff of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) as a Research Scholar in 2007, the largest survey of arts graduates in the world. She has helped to generate over $4.2 million in grants since 1999, including the recent acquisition of a $25,000 grant from the Booth-Ferris Foundation to study the closure of famed New York gallery Exit Art.

    Lena is reputed to be the only sociologist ever to commission a Grammy-nominated album: Hilos (composer: Gabriela Frank; performed by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; released in 2010 by Naxos Records).

    She received her B.A. in English and Sociology/Anthropology at Colgate University, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Lena authors a blog ( that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013, and contributes to several others (OrgTheory, Culture Digitally, the Princeton University Press blog) on occasion. She can be found on Twitter at @WITWhat.

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