William Roy

William Roy

Research Professor

Email: billroy@soc.ucla.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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My current research is on how musical genres work as social categories.

Surveying the history of commercial popular music in the 20th century, I am constructing an account of how a broad variety of factors, including technology, markets, allied fields (radio, cinema, etc.), institutional processes, culture, and the social composition of society shaped the genre system.  The particular historical focus is the rise and decline of a musical main stream in mid-century.


Ph. D., University of Michigan


Personal Research:

Bill Roy’s Geneology Page

Courses Taught:

Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology

Sociology 19: Fiat Lux

Sociology 183: Comparative-Historical Sociology

Sociology 202: Theory and Research in Sociology

Sociology 211: Comparative and Historical Methods

Useful Links:

Internet Techniques in the Social Sciences

American Sociological Association

Awards & Grants


UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 1989.

American Sociological Association, Distinguished Contribution to Teaching, 1999.
Socializing Capital: The Rise of the Large Industrial Corporation in America named by Choice as an “Outstanding Academic Book of 1997.”

Charles Tilly Award for the Best Book on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the ASA, 2011.

Research Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 2011-12.