Professor Marshall Battani



Office Address: 2171 Au Sable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3726
Email: [email protected]

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



Cultural Sociology, Sociological Theory, Aesthetics


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

Current Research Interests

Cultural sociology, Critical Studies of Terrorism, and Sociological Theory

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.


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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