Curriculum Vitae

Department of Sociology
609 Kenneth Taylor Hall
McMaster University



Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, 2015 - Present

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, 2014-2015

  • Visiting Student Researcher, History, Culture & Communication, Erasmus University, Spring 2012

  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, Spring 2010

  • Ph.D,. Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, 2008-2014


Areas of Specialization  

  • Culture and Inequality

  • Race, Gender, and Class

  • Economic Sociology

  • Media and Popular Culture

  • Sociology of Knowledge

  • Qualitative Methodology


Publications - Book


Publications - Chapters & Articles


Chong PK. Inside the Critics' Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times. Princeton University Press. NJ: Princeton.


Chong, PK. (2019). “Valuing subjectivity in journalism: Bias, emotions, and self-interest as tools in arts reporting.Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. 20 (3):427-443.

Chong, PK. (2018). “Everyone’s A Critic? Openness as a Means to Closure in Cultural Journalism.” In The M in CITAMS@30 (Studies in Media and Communications, Volume 18). Brienza, C. et al., (Eds). Emerald Publishing Limited pp.99 – 119.

Rodney, Alexandra, Josée Johnston and Phillipa Chong. (2017). "Chefs at home? Masculinities on offer in celebrity chefs' cookbooks." In The Masculine Hearth: Food, Masculinities and Home, Michelle Szabo and Shelley Koch (eds.). London: Bloomsbury

Lamont, M., Beljean, S., and Chong, PK. (2016). “A Post-Bourdieusian Agenda for the Sociology of Evaluation.” In A Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. Hanquinet, L. and Savage, M.(eds).

Chong, PK. (2015). “Playing Nice, Being Mean, and the Space In Between: Book Critics and the Difficulties of Writing Bad Reviews.” In Moments of Valuation: Exploring Sites of Dissonance. Antal, B and Hutter, M., and Stark, D. (eds). Oxford University Press. 133-146.

Johnston J., Rodney A., and Chong, PK. (2014). “Making Change in the Kitchen? A study of celebrity cookbooks, culinary personas, and inequality.” Poetics. 47:1-22.

Chong, PK. (2013). "Legitimate Judgment in Art, the Scientific World Reversed?: Critical Distance in Evaluation". Social Studies of Science. 43 (2): 265-281.

  • Richard A. Peterson Award for Best Student Paper in the Sociology of Culture, American Sociological Association (2013)

  • Hacker Mullins Best Student Paper Award in the Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology, American Sociological Association (2013)

  • Honorable mention for Daniel G. Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology, University of Toronto (2014)

Chong, PK. (2011). "Reading Difference: How Race and Ethnicity Function as Tools for Critical Appraisal.Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts. 39 (1): 68-84.

  • Best Student Paper Award (Overall Prize), Canadian Sociological Association (2009)