Professor Marshall Battani



Professor Marshall Battani
Department of Sociology
Grand Valley State University
2152 AuSable Hall, Campus 1
Allendale, MI 49401


University of California, Davis
Ph.D. Sociology
University of Arizona
M.F.A. Photography


Cultural Sociology, Sociological Theory, Aesthetics


Introduction to Sociology
Contemporary Social Theory
Classical Social Theory
Cultural Sociology
Sociology of Art
Sociology of Media
Sociology Capstone

Selected Publications

2011      “Atrocity Aesthetics: Beyond Bodies and Compassion.” AfterImage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Vol.39, 1&2: 54-57.

2011      “Aura, Self, and Aesthetic Experience.” Contemporary Aesthetics Vol 9.
2010.    “Pop Culture: From Production to Aesthetics” in Handbook of Cultural Sociology ed. by John R. Hall, Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-Cheng Lo. London: Routledge.

2005.    “Photography’s Decline Into Modernism: In Praise of Bad Photographs.” Chap. 9 in Visual Worlds. Ed. by Blake Stimson, John R. Hall, and Lisa Tamiris Becker. Routledge.

2004.    (With John R. Hall and Mary Jo Neitz.) Sociology on Culture. Routledge.

Current Research Interests

Cultural sociology, Critical Studies of Terrorism, and Sociological Theory


As a sociologist trained in the fine arts Professor Battani draws from classical and contemporary social theory to investigate the cultural texture of social life. 

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