Professor Marshall Battani



Professor Marshall Battani
Department of Sociology
Grand Valley State University
2171 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

2019. “Pop Culture: From Production to Socio-Technical Moments” Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Ed. By John R. Hall, Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-Cheng Lo. Routledge (2nd edition).

2017. (First Author with Michaelyn Mankel.) “Terrorist Aesthetics as Ideal Types: From Spectacle to ‘Vicious Lottery’” Contemporary Aesthetics Vol 15.

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.

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.