The Culture Working Group is a space for students and faculty to collaboratively engage research in cultural sociology and research with a significant cultural dimension in general.

For any inquiries or interest in presenting at the working group, please contact the current student coordinators Natalia Toledo Melendez ( and Kaiting Zhou (

Academic Year 2022-23 



Week 4 – Thursday, October 20, 2022, 3:30-4:50 pm Pacific

Omar Lizardo, PhD 

UCLA Sociology

“Discovering Focused Microgenre Communities”

 with R&R comments


Week 7 – Thursday, November 10, 2022, 3:30-4:30 pm Pacific

Nida Sanglimsuwan

UCLA Sociology

“The True Colors of Authenticity: A New Typology from Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles”

Practice conference presentation

Conference: Association of Asian Studies

Session title: Memory, Translation, and Cultural Mediation


Week 10 – Thursday, December 1, 2022, 3:30-4:30 pm Pacific

Rebecca Jean Emigh, PhD & Johanna Hernández-Pérez 

UCLA Sociology

“Where do Geniuses Come From? The Dialectical Relationship Between Social Status and Artistic Insight”



Week 3



Week 6

Johanna Hernández-Pérez 

UCLA Sociology

“Race for Development: How State Bureaucrats Competed to Represent Puerto Rico”


Week 9




Week 2 Friday, April 14, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm PT

Rachel Best, PhD (co-sponsored with Health Working Group)

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan


Week 5

Andrew Chalfoun

UCLA Sociology

“Keeping the Haters at Bay: Administrative Autonomy at the International Mission Board (1997 to the present)”


Week 8