I joined the LSE as an Assistant Professor of sociology after receiving my PhD from Columbia University. My work explores the construction of status and legitimacy and how they help produce and reproduce unequal social hierarchies. My first book, to be published by Princeton University Press, studies the role of the market in the consecration of modern artists in Paris between 1870 and 1930. Here I show how in the heyday of French modernism, market institutions created value for artists – and inequality between them – by bringing a sense of order and reliable hierarchy to a seemingly anomic field. You can read more about the book here.
My current research brings my interests in status and legitimacy to bear on broader issues of stratification and inequality. I first serve as a principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic archives to understand how cultural capital emerged as a status marker in the United States. The database for that project is publicly available here. My other current work relies on experimental designs to test how the reification of employee performance in organizations makes us more accepting of inequality in the rewards employees receive. This project is funded by a Research Innovation grant from LSE’s International Inequalities Institute.
At LSE I co-organize the Sociology Department’s Research Seminar Series, as well as the Inequalities seminar at the International Inequalities Institute.
Market Chains: Consecration and Creativity in the Market for Modern Art. Book manuscript under contract, Princeton University Press.
Published and forthcoming articles
Fabien Accominotti, Shamus Khan, and Adam Storer. “How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic.” American Journal of Sociology 123: 1743-1783 (May 2018).
Fabien Accominotti. “Consecration as a Population-Level Phenomenon.” Forthcoming, American Behavioral Scientist.
Fabien Accominotti. “Creativity from Interaction: Artistic Movements and the Creativity Careers of Modern Painters.” Poetics 37: 267-294 (June 2009).
Fabien Accominotti. “Market and Hierarchy: The Social Structure of Production Decisions in a Cultural Market.” Histoire & Mesure 23: 177-218 (December 2008).
“A Theory of Consecration: Intermediation and the Formation of Economic Value in the Market for Modern Art.”
“Qualities and Inequalities: How the Interplay of Quality Signals Shapes Winner-Take-All Inequality.”
“Status Signaling, Reciprocity, and Favor Exchange Participation.”
Fabien Accominotti. “Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville, by Daniel B. Cornfield.” American Journal of Sociology 122: 2015-2017 (May 2017).
Fabien Accominotti. “A Portrait of the Artist as a Prophet: Book Review of Manet: A Symbolic Revolution, by Pierre Bourdieu.” European Journal of Sociology 56: 433-437 (December 2015).