Fabien Accominotti is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Visiting Fellow at the III. Prior to joining Wisconsin he earned his PhD from Columbia University and taught sociology for five years at the LSE.
Fabien’s work explores the formation of status hierarchies and how they contribute to produce and reproduce inequality in society. It asks how we come to view different people as unequally deserving or valuable, and how this affects their outcomes.
His first book, to be published by Princeton University Press, studies these processes in the context of the art world. It shows how, in the heyday of modern art, market institutions created value for artists – and inequality between them – by consecrating the field of modernism – that is, by asserting the existence of a reliable hierarchy of worth in a field premised on constant revolution in the norms defining artistic worthiness. You can read more about the project here.
Fabien’s current research brings these same interests to bear on broader issues of stratification and inequality. He first serves as principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic archives to understand how cultural capital became a source of social status in the United States. The database for that project is publicly available here. His other current work relies on experimental designs to test how the quantification of employee merit in organizations makes us more accepting of inequality in the rewards employees receive. This project was funded by a Research Innovation grant from the Inequalities Institute. You can read the first working paper to come out of it here.
Consecrated: Modern Art in Paris between Revolution and Hierarchy. Book manuscript under contract, Princeton University Press.
Fabien Accominotti. 2019. “Consecration as a Population-Level Phenomenon.” Forthcoming, American Behavioral Scientist. (Read the article here).
Fabien Accominotti, Shamus Khan, and Adam Storer. 2018. "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. (Read the article here).
Winner of the Charles Tilly Award for Best Article, ASA Comparative and Historical Sociology Section.
Winner of the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award (Honorable Mention), ASA Consumers & Consumption Section.
Fabien Accominotti. 2009, “Creativity from Interaction: Artistic Movements and the Creativity Careers of Modern Painters.” Poetics 37: 267-294. (Read the article here).
Fabien Accominotti. 2008, “Market and Hierarchy: The Social Structure of Production Decisions in a Cultural Market.” Histoire & Mesure 23: 177-218. (Read the article here).
Fabien Accominotti and Daniel Tadmon. 2020. “How the Reification of Merit Breeds Inequality: Theory and Experimental Evidence.” LSE International Inequalities Institute Working Paper 42. (Read it here).
Fabien Accominotti. 2017. “Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville, by Daniel B. Cornfield.” American Journal of Sociology 122: 2015-2017. (Read here).
Fabien Accominotti. 2015. “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 (Read here).