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, politics and, increasingly, the environment. Based in her examination of popular music, she has written and published on the articulation 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. Concerns with environmental sustainability, collaboration across disciplines, and participatory action research have become central to her most recent work. Current projects examine the evolution of relationships and interactions between and among the changing environment, natural and human built, and local communities, artists, and scientists in New York City and in Tierra del Fuego. She is most interested in how this dynamic gives rise to cultural shifts, social change and artistic innovation.
She trains and guides students in qualitative methods and coordinates the free-standing MA program in Sociology.