Andrew Deener

Associate Professor of Sociology

PhD., 2008, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2004, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2002, Sociology and History, New School for Social Research
B.A., 1999, Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University


Biographical Statement

My research focuses on urban neighborhoods, culture, organizations, infrastructure, consumption, and qualitative methods.  My first book, Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles, is a historical and ethnographic study of five adjacent neighborhoods and the changing tensions between diversity and exclusion.

I am currently working on two books.  The Transformation of the American Food System is an historical, interview, and ethnographic study of the relationships between urban infrastructure and the food system from 1880 to the present.  Urbanism (with Jonathan Wynn) focuses on how patterns in food, music, and art scenes become incorporated into cities across the globe.

I also write about qualitative methods and the process and practice of theorizing in sociology.

Selected Publications

Deener, Andrew. 2018. “The Architecture of Ethnographic Knowledge: Narrowing Down Data and Contexts in Search of Sociological Cases.” Sociological Perspectives, 61(2): 295-313.

Deener, Andrew. 2017. “The Uses of Ambiguity in Sociological Theorizing: Three Ethnographic Approaches.” Sociological Theory, 35(4): 359-379

Deener, Andrew.  2017.  “The Origins of the Food Desert: Urban Inequality as Infrastructural Exclusion.” Social Forces, 95(3): 1285-1309.

Deener, Andrew. 2016.  “The Ecology of Neighborhood Participation and the Reproduction of Political Conflict.”  International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  40(4): 817-832.

Aronowitz, Robert, Deener, Andrew, Keene, Danya, Schnittker, Jason, and Tach, Laura.  2015.  “The Pitfalls of Invoking Cultural Change to Improve Population Health.  American Journal of Public Health. 105(S3): 403-408.

Deener, Andrew, Erie, Steven, Kogan, Vlad, Stuart, Forrest.  2013.  “Planning Los Angeles: Neighborhood and Downtown Development.”  In Halle, David and Andrew Beveridge (editors), New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Deener, Andrew.  2012.  Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Deener, Andrew.  2010.  “The ‘Black Section’ of the Neighborhood: Collective Visibility and Collective Invisibility as Sources of Place Identity.”  Ethnography, 11(1): 45-67.

Deener, Andrew.  2009.  “Forging Distinct Paths Toward Authentic Identity: Outsider Art, Public Interaction, and Identity Transition in an Informal Market Context.”  Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 38(2): 169-200.

Deener, Andrew.  2007.  “Commerce as the Structure and Symbol of Neighborhood Life: Reshaping the Meaning of Community in Venice, California.”  City and Community, 6(4): 291-314.


Andrew Deener
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Phone860 486-4611
Curriculum Vitae Andrew Deener
Office Location223 Manchester Hall