Ashley Mears

Ashley Mears is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University, where she teaches courses on popular culture, gender, and economic sociology. She received her Ph.D. from New York University and was a visiting fellow at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the intersections of culture, markets, and inequalities.  In her first book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (University of California Press, 2011), she examined the backstage production of the ‘look’ in New York and London fashion markets. She is currently researching bottle service in nightclubs as a way to understand cultures of elite conspicuous consumption in the VIP global nightlife economy.  Her research articles appear in Social Forces, Ethnography, and she has written for The New York Times, ELLE, and The Week.

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