Ronald N. Jacobs


Ronald N. JacobsExpertise: Theory, Culture and Mass Media

Contact Info:

  • Office: 334 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: please contact by email
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1400 Washington Ave.
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany
    Albany, NY 12222

CV: Curriculum Vitae


  • 1996 Ph.D., Sociology, UCLA
  • 1992 M.A., Sociology, UCLA
  • 1989 B.A., Rice University

Recent Projects

  • Editor, American Journal of Cultural Sociology -- journal website:; journal

  • Professor Jacobs’s areas of interest include social theory, cultural and political sociology, mass media, and civil society. His research has examined racial crisis, the sociology of news production, the relationship between African-American and “mainstream” public spheres, and the use of narrative methods for studying discourse. He is currently working on two new research projects investigating media and the public sphere. The first is a study of media opinion and commentary, while the second is an examination of television, entertainment media, and the aesthetic public sphere.

    Selected publications:

  • Jacobs, Ronald N., 2000. Race, Media, and the Crisis of Civil Society: From Watts to Rodney King. Cambridge University Press.

  • Jacobs, Ronald N., 2007 From Mass to Public: Rethinking the Value of the Culture Industry”, in Culture in the World, vol. 1: Cultural Sociology and the Democratic Imperative, ed. J. Alexander and I. Reed. Paradigm Press, pp. 101-128.

  • Jacobs, Ronald N. and Sarah Sobieraj, 2007. "Narrative and Legitimacy: US Congressional Debates about the Nonprofit Sector", Sociological Theory 25, 1: 1-25.

  • Jacobs, Ronald N., and Eleanor Townsley, 2011. The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere. Oxford University Press.
  • Alexander, Jeffrey, Ronald Jacobs and Philip Smith, eds., 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Oxford University Press.

Research Interests

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Media Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Political Sociology

Courses Taught

  • SOC 115: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 210: Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 235: Sociological Theory
  • SOC 255: Mass Media
  • SOC 510: Sociological Theories I
  • SOC 511: Sociological Theories II
  • SOC 666: Cultural Sociology
  • SOC 666: Media Sociology