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Kathy Giuffre

Kathy Giuffre


Fields: Sociology of art and culture, network analysis, sociological theory, urban and community sociology, and Polynesian society.

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests

Kathy Giuffre is a sociologist specializing in the study of social networks, culture, communities, and Polynesian society. She is the author of four books and was invited to give a TED talk about her research in 2013. Her current research is focused on the social organization of creativity and innovation, which grew out of previous work on the effect of artists' social networks to their success, studies of popular and high culture, and studies of deviant youth subcultures.  Originally from Arkansas, she got a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina before moving to Colorado.


2015. The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato. John F. Blair Publisher.

2013. Communities and Networks: Using Social Network Analysis to Rethink Community and Urban Studies. Polity.

2010. An Afternoon in Summer. AWA Press.

2009. Collective Creativity: Art and Society in the South Pacific. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Public Talks

2015. Interview with Kathy Giuffre on KRCC. KRCC. 

2015. Interview with Kathy Giuffre on WUNC. WUNC. 

2013. How Social Networks Drive Creativity: Katherine Giuffre at TEDxMileHigh. TEDx Talks.

Regular Classes


SO312 -- Communities and Networks

SO314 -- Sociology of Culture

SO228 -- Social Theory

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    B.A., Harvard University
    M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill