Jack Katz

Research Professor

Contact Information

Email    jackkatz@soc.ucla.edu
Office  264 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-6904
Social psychology, body and self, urban life, deviance and the law.

Current research: I am currently analyzing the results of an interview and observational study of six neighborhoods in Hollywood. The research was conducted with (then) post-doc Peter Ibarra and (then) graduate student, Maggie Kusenbach. My studies on the relationship of the body and the self, using videotape, ethnographic observation, and historical materials on everyday life, are continuing. My long-term interests are in developing a naturalistic social psychology and in advancing the methodological understanding of ethnography.


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J.D. University of Chicago , Ph. D. Northwestern University


"Research Experience For Gang Impacted Youth," UCLA in LA, Center for Community Partnerships 

"LA at Play," NSF-REU. Ethnographic studies of meanings of public spaces.

Selected Publications

Se cuisiner un statut. Des noms aux verbes dans l’étude de la stratification sociale. Numéro 23 – décembre, 2011. Ethnographiques. http://www.ethnographiques.org/2011/ Katz - consulté le 11.01.2012.

Emotion’s Crucible. Emotion Matters. Pp.15-39. University of Toronto Press. 2012.

Ethnography’s Expanding Warrants. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 642 (July): 258-275. 2012.

Time for New Urban Ethnographies.  Ethnography.  10 (3): 1-20. 2010.

Toward a Natural History of Ethical Censorship. Law & Society Review. 41 (4): 797-810. 2007.

How Emotions Work, University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Seductions of Crime.  New York: Basic Books. 1988. 

Graduate Students

 Provocative Looks: Gang Appearance and Dress Codes in an Inner-City Alternative School. Ethnography. (With Robert Garot). 2003. 

Graduate Student Publications:

The Criminologists' Gang. In C. Sumner, ed., Blackwell Companion to Criminology. London: Blackwell. (With Curtis Jackson-Jacobs). 2004. 

6 Hollywoods: Hidden Dimensions of Neighborhood, Crime and Community in the Emerging Metropolis. (In preparation, with Peter Ibarra and Margarethe Kusenbach)