PHILLIPA K. CHONG
Department of Sociology
609 Kenneth Taylor Hall
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
Media and Popular Culture
Sociology of Knowledge
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)