March 4, 2016, 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Issues and Insights 1: The Artist and the City (Concurrent Session)
Daniel B. Cornfield is Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Vanderbilt University and Editor of the quarterly Work and Occupations. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has written widely on work and employment themes, including immigrant artists as community advocates and the careers of indie artists in an increasingly enterprising and risky art world. He is the author of Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015), a study of peer artist community building based on in-depth interviews with over 75 Nashville popular-music professionals. An inductee of the Sociological Research Association, Cornfield has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America and serves as a Research Advisor to the Future of Music Coalition and a Faculty Fellow at Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. He has advised Nashville public television on its award-winning production of “Next Door Neighbors,” a WNPT tv documentary series on immigrant communities in Nashville, and serves on the WNPT community advisory board.