Laura Grindstaff, Ph.D.

Laura Grindstaff

Position Title

Department of Sociology


Laura Grindstaff is Professor of Sociology at UC Davis and a faculty affiliate in the Feminist Theory and Research Designated Emphasis, Cultural Studies, and Performance Studies graduate groups. Her research and teaching focus on American media and popular culture and their role in reproducing gender, race, and class inequality. She has authored or co-authored papers in Social Problems, Annual Review of Sociology, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Text & Performance Quarterly, and Cultural Critique, among other journals. Her ethnographic studies of media include the award-winning The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows (University of Chicago Press) and a series of essays on the production of "ordinary celebrity" in contemporary reality programming. Grindstaff has also published widely on the topic of gender, sport, and cheerleading, focusing primarily on competitive coed college cheer. She is co- editor of the Handbook of Cultural Sociology (Routledge).