Assistant Professor of Sociology
Alexandre Frenette is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He is a cultural sociologist who studies how people attempt to launch and sustain careers, often using cultural industries as his case study. Drawing on fieldwork in the music industry, he is working on a book manuscript (under advance contract with Princeton University Press)—tentatively titled The Intern Economy—on the challenges and the promise of internships as part of higher education. His work has appeared in journals such as Work and Occupations, Social Psychology Quarterly, Research in the Sociology of Work, Cultural Trends, and The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. His writings on artistic workers and the intern economy have won awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems as well as the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and his research has been supported by three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.