Research Interests: Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Literature, Sociology of Art, Nations and Nationalism, Organizational Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Gender Studies, Research Methods, Stratification and Inequality, and Tourism
Sarah M. Corse is Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia. She was previously Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. She was a member of the Faculty Committee for Studies in Women and Gender, and was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Professor Corse received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991 and a B.A. from Yale University, cum laude with Distinction in the Major, in 1981.
Professor Corse is the author of Nationalism and Literature: The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States published by Cambridge University Press in 1997. This historical and cultural analysis of national literature demonstrates the self-conscious role elites assign to the identification and promotion of a canonical national literature. In addition to her work on national literature, Professor Corse has studied the process of literary canonization, changes in artistic training, and difficulties with organizational innovation. Her work has been published in the Encyclopedia of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Poetics, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Research on Technological Innovation, Management and Policy, and Current Research in Occupations and Professions. Professor Corse is currently working on research projects examining engineering culture and organizational change and patterns of adolescent reading across leisure and school contexts.
Professor Corse has presented her research at numerous professional meeting across the country as well as at invited talks at universities including Princeton, Chicago, and Duke. She has taught Executive Education programs through the University of Virginia as well as consulting through Virginia's Survey Research Center and SRI International in Palo Alto, CA. Professor Corse teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on the sociology of culture, art , and literature, on qualitative methods, on American business, and on gender and science.
Nationalism and Literature: The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.