(Sociology, June 2001)
Thesis Title: From Entertainment to Art: The Social History of Film in the United States
Committee: Stanley Lieberson (Chair), Peter V. Marsden, Gwendolyn Dordick, Aage B. Sørensen
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Current Position: Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Professor Baumann’s work addresses questions of evaluation, legitimacy, status, cultural schemas, and inequality. Past work has examined these concepts in relation to Hollywood cinema, television, commercials, and advertising imagery. He continues to work, with Josée Johnston, on the sociology of food. In 2015 they published the second edition of Foodies: Democracy and Distinction in the Gourmet Foodscape (Routledge), and have recently published on “ethical” food consumption and food politics. They are currently working on a SSRHC-funded project on the meat industry, which examines consumption practices and the historical and contemporary meanings of meat consumption in North America.