School of Social and Political Science

Dr Lisa McCormick

Job Title

Senior Lecturer

Portrait of Dr Lisa McCormick

Room number


Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)


Post code (Address)


Research interests

Research interests

My areas of specialization are cultural sociology, the sociology of the arts, and sociological theory. In my research on music, I have drawn on my background as a conservatory-trained cellist. My book, Performing Civility (Cambridge University Press 2015), was the first study to analyse the social aspects of international classical music competitions. Recently, I guest edited a special issue on the cultural sociology of art and music for the American Journal of Cultural Sociology. This was expanded into an edited collection that was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022. My research has been published in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Cultural SociologyThe Chopin ReviewEthnic and Racial StudiesContemporary Social Science, and Sociologia & Anthropologia. I am a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University, and I serve on the steering committee for the BSA Sociology of the Arts Study Group. From 2016-2020, I was co-editor of Cultural Sociology, an official journal of the British Sociological Association.

For a full CV, please go to my profile on

Topics interested in supervising

I would be most helpful to students interested in cultural sociology. I am particularly interested in topics related to music and the arts, but I also welcome the opportunity to supervise projects in the cultural sociology of disaster and topics that relate to my interests in the civil sphere, social performance, and sociological theory. Other areas in which I have expertise are microsociology (self, identity and interaction) and the sociology of death. I am most interested in working with postgraduate students pursuing theoretically-driven projects who want to use qualitative methods in their research.

If you are interested in being supervised by Lisa McCormick, please see the links below (opening in new windows) for more information:


Previous appointments

  • 2008 - 2015 Assistant Professor, Haverford College, USA (tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015)
  • 2007 - 2008 Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Lethbridge, Canada


  • PhD in Sociology, Yale University
  • MPhil in Sociology, Yale University
  • MA in Sociology, Yale University
  • MPhil in Music: Performance and Interpretation, University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar, Prairies & Corpus Christi)
  • BA in Sociology, summa cum laude, Rice University
  • BMus in Cello Performance, summa cum laude, Rice University

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

Semester 1 in 2023-2024: Mondays 14:00-16:00

To book an appointment with me, please use my bookings page.

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Mccormick L, (ed.). The Cultural Sociology of Art and Music: New Directions and New Discoveries. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. 445 p. (Cultural Sociology). doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-11420-5
Mccormick L. Introduction. In McCormick L, editor, The Cultural Sociology of Art and Music: New Directions and New Discoveries. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 2022. p. 1-16. (Cultural Sociology). doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-11420-5_1
Mccormick L. New directions and new discoveries in the sociology of the arts. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2022 Jun;10(2):197-205. Epub 2022 May 19. doi: 10.1057/s41290-022-00161-6
Mccormick L, (ed.). New directions and new discoveries in the sociology of the arts. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2022 May 19.
Mccormick L. Marking time in lockdown: Heroization and ritualization in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2020 Oct 17. Epub 2020 Oct 17. doi: 10.1057/s41290-020-00117-8
Mccormick L. Book review: Anna Bull, Class, Control, and Classical Music. Sociology. 2020 Oct 1;54(5):1049-1050. Epub 2020 Aug 21. doi: 10.1177/0038038520943113
McCormick L, Thumala Olave MA, Prior N. Editors’ Introduction. Cultural Sociology. 2020 Sept 1;14(3):211-212. doi: 10.1177/1749975520922172
Mccormick L. Competitions as Complex Performances. In Stark D, editor, The Performance Complex: Competition and Competitions in Social Life. Oxford University Press. 2020
Mccormick L. Moving beyond production: Ron Eyerman and the cultural sociology of the arts. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2019 Aug 1;7(2):247–259. Epub 2019 Mar 27. doi: 10.1057/s41290-019-00072-z
Mccormick L. The performative power of ideas: Jeffrey Alexander as an iconic intellectual. Sociologia and Anthropologia. 2019 Apr;9(1). doi: 10.1590/2238-38752019v9113
Mccormick L. Pogorelich at the Chopin: Towards a sociology of competition scandals. The Chopin Review. 2018 May 8;1(1):1-16.
Prior N, Darmon I, Mccormick L. Tracing, Making and Locating Cultural Sociology. Cultural Sociology. 2017 Jun 6;11(1):3-10. Epub 2017 Feb 15. doi: 10.1177/1749975516687486
McCormick L. The agency of dead musicians. Contemporary Social Science. 2015 Nov 26;10(3):323-335. doi: 10.1080/21582041.2015.1114664
McCormick L. Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 299 p. (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies). doi: 10.1017/CBO9781316181478
McCormick L. Performance Perspectives. In Shepherd J, Devine K, editors, The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. London: Routledge. 2015. p. 117-125. 11
McCormick L. Don’t play it again, Sam. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 2014 Jun 1;2(2):260-265. Epub 2014 Apr 1. doi: 10.1057/ajcs.2014.2
McCormick L. Tuning in or turning off: Performing emotion and building cosmopolitan solidarity in international music competitions. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2014;37(12):2261-2280. Epub 2014 Aug 14. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2014.934262
Atkinson P, McCormick L. Stephanie Taylor and Karen Littleton, Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work. Qualitative Research. 2013 Dec 1;13(6):754-756. doi: 10.1177/1468794113503099
McCormick L. Book Review: Claudio E. Benzecry, The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession. Cultural Sociology. 2012 Sept 1;6(3):387-389. Epub 2012 Jun 26. doi: 10.1177/1749975512445538a
McCormick L. Music sociology in a new key. In Alexander JC, Jacobs R, Smith P, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. p. 722-742. Chapter 27. (Oxford Handbooks).
McCormick L. Review of “Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience” by Michael Bull. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 2010;35(1):208-211.
McCormick L. Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image. Contemporary Sociology. 2009 Jul 1;38(4):314-316. doi: 10.1177/009430610903800405
McCormick L. New fish on the block. Contexts. 2009 May 1;8(2):62-64. doi: 10.1525/ctx.2009.8.2.62
McCormick L. Higher, Faster, Louder: Representations of the International Music Competition. Cultural Sociology. 2009 Mar 1;3(1):5-30. doi: 10.1177/1749975508100669
McCormick L. Music as social performance. In Eyerman R, McCormick L, editors, Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts. London: Paradigm Publishers. 2006. p. 121-144
Eyerman R, McCormick L. Introduction. In Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts. London: Paradigm Publishers. 2006. p. 1-11
Eyerman R, McCormick L. Myth, meaning and performance: Toward a new cultural Sociology of the Arts. London: Paradigm Publishers, 2006. 172 p.