Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia
Amin Ghaziani is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in a sociology and organization behavior joint program from Northwestern University in 2006. Before joining the faculty at UBC, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows (2008 – 2011).
Ghaziani is principally a sociologist of sexualities, although his work frequently connects with scholarship on culture, social movements, and cities. His publications consider how the militant LGBT movement began (Gay and Lesbian Review 2012, lead article); whether the culture concept is coherent and if political dissent is divisive (American Sociological Review 2011, award-winning lead article); how historically changing meanings of sexuality affect collective identity in today’s “post-gay” era (Social Problems 2011); the reinvention of heterosexuality (Gay and Lesbian Review 2010); the in-migration of straights into gay neighborhoods (Contexts 2010); the problem of measurement in the study of culture (Theory and Society 2009); and the effects of infighting in LGBT Marches on Washington (award-winning University of Chicago Press book 2008).
Ghaziani has won several awards for his research, including a 2009 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best Book in LGBT Studies (The Dividends of Dissent); a 2009 Charles Tilly Honorable Mention Award for Best Book from the Collective Behavior/Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association (The Dividends of Dissent); a 2010 Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence Finalist from the British Sociological Association (The Constraints of Culture); a 2012 Clifford Geertz Honorable Mention Award for Best Article from the Sociology of Culture section (Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences); and a 2012 Best Article Award from the Collective Behavior/Social Movements section (Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences). He also offered a keynote address at the first national sexualities mini-conference preceding the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. And he was the lead organizer for the 2012 Measuring Culture Conference in Vancouver.
His first book, The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington (Chicago, 2008), showcases the unexpected benefits of political infighting in Washington march organizing. The book was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies. It won the 2009 Charles Tilly Honorable Mention Award for Best Book from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association.
Ghaziani has also co-edited A Decade of HAART: The Development and Global Impact of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (Oxford, 2008). This book reviews the achievements of HAART over its first decade and explores possible challenges that may arise in the future. It recounts key landmarks in the development and introduction of HAART from the perspective of clinicians, economists, sociologists, and public policy experts. The volume includes a contribution from the co-discoverers of HIV, Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo.
He is currently writing two additional books. The first, Sexuality and the Cultural Imagination, is a critical review of research at the intersection of the sociology of sexualities and culture (Polity Press, Cultural Sociology Series). The second book, entitled There Goes the Gayborhood? Sexuality and the City in a Post-Gay Era, investigates how changing meanings of sexuality affect residential choice (where we choose to live) and urban forms (the character and composition of entire neighborhoods). This book is under contract with Princeton University Press (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology Series).
Ghaziani, Amin. 2012. “How the Militant Movement Began.” Gay and Lesbian Review 19(1):11-14.
Lead Article in Volume 19, Issue 1
Ghaziani, Amin and Delia Baldassarri. 2011. “Cultural Anchors and the Organization of Differences: A Multi-method Analysis of LGBT Marches on Washington.” American Sociological Review 76(2): 179-206.
Best Article Award
Collective Behavior/Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association, 2012
Clifford Geertz Best Article Honorable Mention Award
Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association, 2012
Lead article in Volume 76, Issue 2
Ghaziani, Amin. 2011. “Post-Gay Collective Identity Construction.” Social Problems 58(1): 99-125.
Ghaziani, Amin. 2010. “There Goes the Gayborhood?” Contexts 9(3): 64-66.
Lead article in the “Culture Reviews” section
Ghaziani, Amin. 2010. “The Reinvention of Heterosexuality.” Gay and Lesbian Review 17(3): 27-29.
Ghaziani, Amin. 2009. “An ‘Amorphous Mist’? The Problem of Measurement in the Study of Culture.” Theory and Society 38(6): 581-612.
Brown-Saracino, Japonica and Amin Ghaziani. 2009. “The Constraints of Culture: Evidence from the Chicago Dyke March.” Cultural Sociology 3(1): 51-75.
Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence Finalist
British Sociological Association, 2010
Ghaziani, Amin. 2008. The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Charles Tilly Honorable Mention Award, Best Book in Collective Behavior/Social Movements
American Sociological Association, 2009
Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Best Book in LGBT Studies
Lambda Literary Foundation, 2009
Zuniga, Jose, Alan Whiteside, Amin Ghaziani, and John G. Bartlett (Eds.). 2008. A Decade of HAART: The Development and Global Impact of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ghaziani, Amin and Gary Alan Fine. 2008. “Infighting and Ideology: How Conflict Informs the Local Culture of the Chicago Dyke March.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 20(1-4): 51-67.
Ghaziani, Amin and Marc J. Ventresca. 2005. “Keywords and Cultural Change: Frame Analysis of Business Model Public Talk, 1975-2000.” Sociological Forum 20(4): 523-559.