About

The American Sociological Association section on Consumers and Consumption was inaugurated at the annual meeting of the ASA in 2013 in New York City.  The seeds of this organization were sown by The Consumer Studies Research Network, a group founded by an interdisciplinary set of scholars and researchers to illuminate the roles of consumer goods and consumerism in shaping virtually all forms of social life and interaction in today’s world. In the mid-1990s some of these scholars began the process of institutionalizing this subfield within the discipline of sociology by hosting sessions at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

As a group we have conducted and published ground-breaking research in the area of consumer studies, and on topics such as the intersection of consumption and identity, branding and marketing, ethical consumption and consumer activism, and the connection between consumer culture and systems of inequality. Now, our organization is hosted by the American Sociological Association, but we continue to enthusiastically welcome the participation of scholars and researchers from other disciplines and from beyond academe.

Members of the ASA can join this section by logging in to their member account. From your Member Portal, click the link “Join a Section”. You can join the Consumers & Consumption section for just $10 annually! (Students $5).

Section Leadership

Chair, 2019-20
Richard E. Ocejo, rocejo@jjay.cuny.edu 

Chair-Elect, 2019-20
Michaela DeSoucey, madesouc@ncsu.edu

Past Chairs
Jennifer Smith Maguire, University of Leicester (2018-19)
Ashley Mears, Boston University (2017-18)
Juliet Schor, Boston College (2016-17)
Frederick Wherry, Yale University  (2015-16)
Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center (2014-15)
Dan Cook, Rutgers University (2013-14)

Secretary & Treasurer
Patricia Banks, pbanks@mtholyoke.edu (2019-20)

Student Representative
Nino Bariola, nbariola@utexas.edu (2019-21)

Social Media and Communications Coordinator
Carla Cunha, cunhac3@montclair.edu (2018-20)

Council Members 

Current
Yasemin Besen-Cassino, beseny@mail.montclair.edu (2018-20)
Victoria Reyes, vreyes@ucr.edu (2018-20)
Sarah Bowen, sarah_bowen@ncsu.edu (2019-21)
Clayton Childress, ccchildress@gmail.com (2019-21)

Past
Daniel G. Fridman, University of Texas – Austin (2017-19)
Amanda Koontz, University of Central Florida (2017-19)
Josée Johnson, University of Toronto (2016-19)
Laura J. Miller, Brandeis University (2013-16)
Kate Cairns, Rutgers University-Camden, Social Media and Communications Coordinator  (2016-18)
Beth DuFault, University of Arizona, Social Media and Communications Coordinator (2015-16)
Nicki Lisa Cole, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (2013-15)
Hannah Wohl, Northwestern University, Student Representative (2017-19)
Jennifer Jordan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2016-18)
Kate Cairns, Rutgers University-Camden (2016-18)
Max Besbris, New York University, Student Representative (2016-18)
Jeremy Schulz, University of California-Berkeley (2015-17)
Michelle Weinberger, Northwestern University (2015-17)
Yaniv Ron-El, University of Chicago Student Member (2015-17)
Amy Hanser, University of British Columbia (2014-16)
Jennifer Smith Mcguire, Univeristy of Leicester (2014-16)
Sarah Cappeliez, Universty of Toronto (2014-16)
Ashley Mears, Boston University (2015)
Josée Johnson, University of Toronto (2015)
Martha Coe, New York University (2015)

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Nominating Committee

  • CHAIR Michaela DeSoucey, madesouc@ncsu.edu
  • Patricia Banks
  • Shyon Baumann
  • Jennifer Smith Maguire
  • Michelle Weinberger

Communications Committee

  • CHAIR Carla Cunha, cunhac3@montclair.edu (Social Media and Communications Coordinator)
  • Andy Cohen (Public Engagement Liaison)
  • Boniface Noyongoyo (deputy Public Engagement Liaison)
  • Kate Cairns
  • David Crockett
  • Nino Bariola (Scholars’ Conversations)
  • Tim Rosenkranz (Scholars’ Conversations)
  • Richard Ocejo (ex officio, as section chair)

Student Paper Award Committee

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award Committee

  • CHAIR Jennifer Smith Maguire, smith1@shu.ac.uk
  • Kaitland Byrd
  • Clayton Childress

Membership Committee

Program Committee

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