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 Erik  Withers

Erik Withers

Erik Withers






Curriculum Vitae


Erik is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. His research interests are in the areas of racial and ethnic inequalities, cultural sociology, and consumer culture. His dissertation focuses on how cultural intermediaries reproduce racial, class-based, and gendered meanings within consumer cultures. He is currently undergoing his fieldwork within the craft beer and fine wine industry of Tampa Bay.

Erik’s scholarship has been published in the journal Sociology Compass, and in two edited volumes on sociology and craft beer. He has also presented his work at multiple conferences across the U.S. and Canada, most recently at the 2017 ASA conference in Montreal.

He teaches the courses Racial and Ethnic Relations, Consumer Culture, And Social Problems as a Graduate Teaching Associate at the University of South Florida. He is a two time recipient of the USF Department of Sociology’s graduate teaching award.

Dissertation Committee: Elizabeth Aranda (chair), Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Laurel Graham, and David Brunsma (Virginia Tech).

Advisor : Elizabeth Aranda