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 on the dynamics of art worlds at the intersection of culture and politics. Based in her research of popular music, she has written and published on the transformation of urban imaginaries through songs, the impact of repression on artistic careers, the relationship between political engagement and counter-culture, and the emergence of innovation from musical revivals.
She is currently completing a manuscript on musical movements in Uruguay and Brazil during the 1960s and 1970s. This comparative project examines the interaction of social movements, musicians and cultural mediators during the consolidation of authoritarianism in the region. Her new research continues to explore the dynamics and life cycles of cultural movements by tracing the evolution of social networks in art worlds through historical and ethnographic methods. This work is based in New York City and focuses on the interaction of relations and shifting structural contexts in the emergence of aesthetic innovation.
Professor Milstein won Columbia's Presidential Teaching Award in 2007. She is the MA Advisor and teaches courses on theory, historical sociology, culture and social movements.