Matthew S. Rowe

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Research Interests: 
Culture; the creative economy; work and occupations; self and identity; organizations and institutions; higher education; sexuality; health.
Office: 
434 Barrows
Curriculum Vitae: 
Profile: 

As a cultural sociologist who studies work, I develop micro-level cultural constructs to understand how workers find meaning and fulfillment in their work and construct career trajectories.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying social justice advocacy among design professionals on an interdisciplinary, NSF-funded project. 

My dissertation is a qualitative study of training experience and career navigation in the creative economy. An article from this research was published in the February 2019 edition of Poetics. The article shows how young graphic designers, animators, and other digital media artists use boundary work to sustain careers on commercial projects while nurturing artistic identities. Previous empirical projects address identity narratives (published in Sociological Perspectives), community attachment (published in Culture, Health & Sexuality) and LGBT health (published in Journal of Sex Research).

I have a wealth of teaching experience, creating courses on a range of topics and in diverse formats. I look forward to teaching the Social Construction of Sexuality at CU Boulder this fall. I designed and taught three courses at UC Berkeley: Sociology of Culture, Sexual Cultures, and Cultural Production, a seminar for sociology majors. In addition, I worked as a teaching assistant for several courses--including Economic Sociology, Evaluation of Evidence, and the two-semester theory sequence--and mentored undergraduate sociology majors on their thesis projects.

PhD Date:: 
May, 2018
Dissertation Title: 
“Crafting the Institutional Self: Identity and Trajectory in Artistic Training and Creative Careers”
Dissertation Committee: 
Ann Swidler (chair), Kim Voss, and Ming Leung (now at UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business)