Office: 200C Walker Hall
Office Hours: Drop-in or by appointment
Dr. Sophia Krzys Acord joined the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere team in 2010. A cultural sociologist by training, she works in program development and evaluation to support the Center’s host of activities and increase the profile of humanistic scholarship at UF and in the broader community. Sophia co-founded the UF Digital Humanities Working Group, Imagining America Working Group, Impact of Materials on Society course project, and Humanities and the Sunshine State Summer Programs for high school students and educators, and she generally encourages scholars to cross academic boundaries for fruitful conversations!
Prior to UF, Sophia was a specialist researcher at the University of California, Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, where she managed the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Future of Scholarly Communication Project. She has also held research fellowships at the Yale University Center for Cultural Sociology and the École des Mines Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, and was a founding editor of the peer-reviewed open-access journal Music and Arts in Action. Her research examines the collaborative production of knowledge in the arts and humanities, and she has published work in cultural sociology, the sociology of the arts, higher education, mobile technologies, museum studies, and qualitative research methods.
Sophia holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Exeter (from which her dissertation on curating contemporary art received an Honorable Mention for the 2010 American Sociological Association’s Dissertation Award), an M.Res. from the University of Exeter, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Courses Taught as a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology & Law: