Assistant Professor Ashley Mears

Relational Ethnography and the Production of Value

Ashley Mears

Boston University


Ashley Mears is assistant professor of sociology at Boston University.  Her research is at the intersection of economic sociology and the sociologies of culture and gender.  She received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2009, and was a visiting fellow at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge and at the Center for Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam.  Her first book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (California 2011) examines valuation and inequalities in the context of fashion modeling markets in New York and London.  She is currently at work on a book about the global emergence of the VIP leisure and nightlight economy and the value of women in the formation of elite social and business networks.  Her research articles appear in Social Forces, Ethnography, and Theory and Society.  She is co-editor of a forthcoming Special Issue on the sociology of beauty and appearance at Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research in Culture, the Media, and the Arts and a Special Issue on the new sociology of elites at the Socio-Economic Review.


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