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Fiona Greenland

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Grad Admissions
Curriculum Vitae (233.44 KB)

Research Interests: Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Historical and Comparative Methods, Social Theory, Archaeology

Fiona Rose Greenland is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of Anthropology (by courtesy). She works at the intersection of cultural sociology, comparative and historical sociology, and archaeology. The core issue she investigates is the role of artifactual culture in modern social life. To do this, she uses mixed qualitative methods that attend to individual and group interpretive practices, the nexus of art, money, and meaning, and the historical contingencies of institutional authority over cultural materials. Prof. Greenland has conducted fieldwork in archaeological sites, museums, and antiquities shops in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Recent publications include Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (Chicago, 2021), Cultural Violence and the Destruction of Human Communities (with Fatma Müge Göçek) (Routledge, 2020), “Long-range Continuities in Comparative and Historical Sociology” (Theory & Society, 2020), and “Theory of an Art Market Scandal” (with Amy Whitaker) (American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 2021).

Prof. Greenland is founder and director of the CURIA Lab (Cultural Resilience Informatics and Analysis). She served as an elected council member of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Culture, the Comparative-Historical Section, and the Theory Section. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology (CCS), and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Cultural Sociology and Sociological Theory.

UVA Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology (by courtesy)
  • Associate Faculty, Global Commerce in Culture and Society (web site) []
  • Founder and Director, CURIA Lab (web site) []
  • Co-Director, Sociological Working Group on Aesthetics, Meaning, and Power (SWAMP) (web site)
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Quantitative Collaborative

Selected Publications


2021. Greenland, F.R. Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2020. Greenland, F.R. and F.M. Göçek (eds.), Cultural Violence and the Destruction of HumanCommunities: New Theoretical Perspectives Communities: New Theoretical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Articles (Full list available upon request.)

2021. Whitaker, A. and F.R. Greenland. "Theory of an Art Market Scandal: Artistic integrity and financial speculation in the Inigo Philbrick case,” American Journal of Cultural Sociology

2020. Greenland, F.R. “Long-range continuities in comparative and historical sociology: the case of parasitism and women’s enslavement,” Theory and Society 48(6): 883-902.

2020. Greenland, F.R. and G. Steinmetz. “Orlando Patterson, his work, and his legacy: a special issue in celebration of the republication of Slavery and Social Death,” Theory and Society 48(6): 785-797.

2019. Greenland, F.R. “New insights into the antiquities market,” International Journal of Cultural Property 26(3): 211-225.

2019. Greenland, F.R., J.V. Marrone, O. Topçuoglu and T. Vorderstrasse. “A Site-Level Market Model of the Antiquities Trade,” International Journal of Cultural Property 26(1): 21-47.

2018. Greenland, F. "Materiality and Consecration," American Behavioral Scientist

2018. Greenland, F.  "Broadening the Landscape of Blackness," Contexts 17(3): 8-9.

2018. Greenland, F.R. "Material culture and the problem of agency, "American Journal of Cultural Sociology. doi: 10.1057/s41290-017-0054-6.

2018. Greenland, F.R. “Consecration and materiality,” American Behavioral Scientist doi: 10.1177/0002764218801063

2017. Greenland, F.R. "Freeports and steel containers: The corpora delicti of artefact trafficking," History and Anthropology 1: 15-20.

2016. Greenland, F.R. “Universalism, Nationalism, and the Italian Model of Repatriation” Brown Journal of World Affairs, 26(1).

2016. Rose-Greenland, F. “Color Perception in Sociology: Materiality and authenticity at the Gods in Color show.” Sociological Theory 34(2): 81-105.

2016. Hirschman, D., E. Berrey and F. Rose-Greenland. “Dequantifying diversity: affirmative action and admissions at the University of Michigan.” Theory and Society 45(3): 265-301.