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Steven Dubin

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Steven Dubin was a professor of arts administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, and was a member of the sociology faculty at Purchase College for 19 years and a founding member of the media, society, and the arts program (now the media studies program). He received his PhD at the University of Chicago and did postdoctoral work at both the University of Chicago and Yale University. 

He was the author of Bureaucratizing the Muse: Public Funds and the Cultural Worker (1987); Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions (1992, paperback edition, 1994; cited as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights); Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum (1999; paperback edition, 2000); and Transforming Museums: Mounting Queen Victoria in a Democratic South Africa (2006).

His numerous awards included the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Abroad Research Fellowship to South Africa, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Visiting Professorship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and residencies at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Bellagio, Italy), the Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, Illinois), and the Ucross Foundation (Clearmont, Wyoming).

He wrote and lectured widely on public funding of the arts, censorship, transgressive and controversial art, obscenity, museums, and popular culture. His articles and reviews appeared in Contemporary Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, Urban Life, Social Problems, Social Forces, Sociological Inquiry, Symbolic Interaction, Visual Anthropology,   Journal of Aesthetic Education, Journal of Arts Management and Law, Curator Magazine, Nation, Jewish Currents, Common Quest, New Art Examiner and Art in America.