Michael O. Benediktsson, Ph.D.

2011 Sociology Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 
 2011- Sociology Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, United States 
 2019- Sociology CUNY (The Graduate Center) 
"Michael Benediktsson"

Mike Owen Benediktsson is an urban and cultural sociologist who joined Hunter College in 2011 after completing his Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University. Benediktsson's research focuses on the role of material objects in social life. Recent and ongoing projects have covered a wide range of urban settings and social contexts, from vacant homes and divided highways in the New Jersey suburbs, to smartphones and turnstiles in the New York City subway system. A mixed-method researcher, Benediktsson has published articles in City & Community, Urban Geography, Sociological Forum, Social Forces, and Symbolic Interaction, among other publications. He is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates the social life of six objects commonly found in and around New York City.The common denominator in his work is the capacity of material objects to reflect, reproduce, or change normative conceptions of human behavior.


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Paul Dimaggio grad student 2011 Princeton
 (The suburban scripts: Built environment and socioeconomic change in the American suburbs.)
Douglas Massey grad student 2011 Princeton
 (Dissertation committee member)
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Benediktsson MO. (2015) Beyond the Sidewalk: Pedestrian Risk and Material Mismatch in the American Suburbs Mobilities
Benediktsson MO, Lamberta B, Larsen E. (2015) Taming a “chaotic concept”: gentrification and segmented consumption in Brooklyn, 2002–2012 Urban Geography. 1-21
Benediktsson MO, Alexander D, Bermeo J, et al. (2015) Hybrid Strategies: Allocating Involvement in the Digital Age Symbolic Interaction. 38: 331-351
Benediktsson MO. (2014) Territories of concern: Vacant housing and perceived disorder on three suburban blocks City and Community. 13: 191-213
Benediktsson MO. (2012) Bridging and Bonding in the Academic Melting Pot: Cultural Resources and Network Diversity Sociological Forum. 27: 46-69
Benediktsson MO. (2010) The deviant organization and the bad apple CEO: Ideology and accountability in media coverage of corporate scandals Social Forces. 88: 2189-2216
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