Ph.D., Columbia, 2007
Denise Milstein received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Her work develops a relational, historically grounded perspective at the intersection of art and politics. The configuration and transformation of space has come to play an increasingly central role in her research. Based in her examination of popular music, she has written and published on the transformation of urban imaginaries through songs, the impact of repression on artistic careers, the connection and conflict between political engagement and counter-culture, and the emergence of innovation from artistic revivals. Her current research projects examine the relationships that develop between the changing environment, natural and built, and a diverse set of communities. Whether in New York, Osaka, or Tierra del Fuego, this shifting dynamic gives rise to social change and innovation, both organizational and aesthetic.
She trains students in qualitative methods and coordinates the free-standing MA program in Sociology.