Dr Michael Elliott

Associate Professor


Contact Information

CLA, Room 3358


Ph.D., Sociology,
Emory University, 2008
M.A., Sociology,
San Jose State University, 2001
B.A., Sociology,
San Jose State University, 1993

Areas of Expertise

World History
Sociological Theory

Current Research

  • “Variations of the Sacred in Pop Culture Fandoms: An Empirical Study of Comic Devotion”
  • “Rationalized Authenticity and the Transnational Spread of Intangible Cultural Heritage”

Recent Publications

  • “The Globalization of Comic Con and the Sacralization of Popular Culture,” Global Leisure and the Struggles for a Better World, 2018.

  • “World Heritage and the Scientific Consecration of ‘Outstanding Universal Value,’” (co-author) International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 2017.

  • “The Rationalization of Craft Beer from Medieval Monks to Modern Microbrewers: A Weberian Analysis,” Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer, 2017.

  • “Diffusion and Decoupling in the World Heritage Movement: Exploring Global/Local Tensions in Africa,” (co-author) European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 2016.

  • “Tourism and Sustainability in the Evaluation of World Heritage Sites, 1980 – 2010,” (co-author) Sustainability, 2016.