David Grazian, Ph.D.

Portrait of David Grazian
Professor of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Director of Urban Studies

David Grazian received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1994, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2000. He teaches courses on popular culture, mass media and the arts; cities and urban sociology; social interaction and public behavior; and ethnographic methods. In his research he employs a variety of ethnographic and other qualitative methods to study the production and consumption of commercial entertainment in the urban milieu. He is the author of four books: Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs (Univ. Chicago Press, 2003), On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife (Univ. Chicago Press, 2008), Mix It Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society (W.W. Norton, 2010), and American Zoo: A Sociological Safari (Princeton Univ. Press, 2015). 

David Grazian is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Office Number: 
290 McNeil Building

Grazian's Network

  • Culture and Communication
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Personal Website
  • Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania