Larissa Buchholz is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Sociology (courtesy) at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern, she was a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. She is a sociologist of art and culture whose research intersects with transnational/global sociology, inequality and economic sociology, but also is informed by interests in sociological theory, research methods and the sociology of knowledge.
Buchholz earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, a Master in sociology from Stony Brook University and before specializing in sociology a Magistra Artium in interdisciplinary Kulturwissenschaften at Leuphana University in Germany (transl. Cultural Sciences), including philosophy, art history, anthropology. She was a contributor to Harrison C. White’s 2nd Identity & Control and authored and coauthored a number of publications in her areas of interest, e.g. on globalizing field theory, the valuation of art and culture in a global context, the uses of ethnography for studying embodiment, culture and networks (with Harrison C. White, Jan Fuhse, and Matthias Thiemann), the sociology of intellectuals & intellectual interventions (with Gil Eyal), a comparison of the reception of French social theory in the UK and the US, the impact of Covid-19 on the contemporary art market (with Gary Alan Fine and Hannah Wohl), or how Human Rights norms transform elements of nation-state institutions in world society. These publications have appeared in, among other outlets, Theory and Society, Annual Review of Sociology, Sociological Review, Poetics, Soziale Systeme (cf. selected publications).
Buchholz was the recipient of a Fulbright Award, the Alex Inkeles Prize for outstanding graduate student, the Robert K. Merton Award for best dissertation at the Department of Sociology at Columbia University, the outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association, a William F. Milton Fund Award at Harvard University for fieldwork on three continents, the outstanding recent Alumni Award of Columbia University, the 2016 Junior Theorist Prize of the International Sociological Association, and the 2017 Junior Theorist Award of the American Sociological Association. She was a Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, the first woman elected from her discipline, and a Junior Thyssen Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Central European University.