‹ Back to overview Profile Laura Braden is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Arts and Culture Studies and Media and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In addition, she is a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for Women’s Studies, as well as a fellow of the ORDER program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Before her employment at Erasmus University Rotterdam, she held a faculty position (VAP) at Emory University’s Sociology Department.
Her research focuses on differential recognition in the visual art world. Her dissertation examined the careers of modern artists and the factors that affected their valorisation in museum exhibition, textbooks, and the auction market in the USA from 1900 to 2010. This work was recognised by the Center for Research Libraries’
2011 Primary Source Award for its innovative use of archival sources (1 award given each year internationally).
Her work has been published in journals and books dedicated to cultural and sociological research (e.g., Poetics) and she also has several publications in art criticism and social and cultural policy. Her current projects include research on the exhibition networks that aid artistic recognition and factors affecting the status of art collectors and collections.
Publications Chenchen Zhu & Lea Braden (2022) - Emerging in the East: the Shanghai Biennale’s pathways to legitimation, 1996 to 2018 - Journal of Chinese Sociology, 9 - doi: 10.1186/s40711-022-00167-0 - [link] Laura Braden & Thomas Teekens (2020) - Historic networks and commemoration: Connections created through museum exhibitions - Poetics. Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, 81 - doi: 10.1016/j.poetic.2020.101446 - [link] Laura Braden (2019) - A Quantitative Sociological Approach: Select Artist’s Representation in Three Art World Institutions from 1926 to 1970 - Journal of Art Historiography Laura Braden & Thomas Teekens (2019) - Reputation, Status Networks, and the Art Market - Arts, 8 (3) - doi: 10.3390/arts8030081 - [link] Janna Michael & Laura Braden (2018) - Capitalizing on Morals? Connecting Cultural Capital and Moral Judgments Laura Braden (2018) - Networks Created Within Exhibition: The Curators’ Effect on Historical Recognition - American Behavioral Scientist (print) - doi: 10. 0002764218800145 - [link] Laura Braden & Naomi Oosterman (2018) - World systems and the art world: A case study of Tibetan art in the Netherlands in Transcultural Perspectives - Cultural Trends, (Special Issue Collecting Tibet) - [link] Laura Braden (2017) - “Premiers canons: comment l’avènement de l’histoire de l’art a structuré la compréhension de l’art moderne aux Etats-Unis.” [“Priming the canon: How the rise of art history structured US understandings of modern art.”] - [link] Laura Braden, M Punt & T Teekens (2016) - Symbolic Networks: How Museum Exhibitions Signal Artists for Historical Commemoration Laura Braden (2016) - Collectors and Collections: Recognition of the World’s Top Art Collectors Laura Braden (2016) - The Armory Show of 1913 - doi: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM981-1 - [link] Laura Braden (2015) - Collectors and Collections: Critical recognition of the world’s top art collectors - Social Forces (print), 94 (4), 1483-1507 - doi: 10.1093/sf/sov116 Laura Braden (2015) - Cultural Entrepreneurship in the 20th century: The establishment of the art historical ideology in the US art world Laura Braden & TJ Dowd (2014) - Culture Section’s Session on “Cultural Consumption in a Changing World” (Co-Sponsored with the Section on Consumers and Consumption) Laura Braden & TJ Dowd (2014) - “Intermédiaires et consecration retrospective" Modern Composers and Visual Artists in the US of the 20th and 21st Centuries: The Impact of Intermediary Organizations on Consecration - [link] Laura Braden (2013) - Social Factors’ Effect on Recognition for Top Art Collectors Internationally from 1990 to 2011. Laura Braden (2013) - Hanging Together: Career Effects of Curatorial Created Associations between Artists Laura Braden (2012) - Institutional Consecration of Artists in the US Field of Modern Art Laura Braden (2011) - The Persistence of Memory: Art Historical Canon Formation in the United States during the 20th Century Activities Laura Braden (2020) - Arts (Journal) Thomas Teekens & Laura Braden (2019) - Reputation, Status Networks, and the Art Market Laura Braden (2018) - Networks within Exhibition: Using Network Analysis for Art History Laura Braden (2018) - Networking in art: What (or Who) to look for in art exhibitions Laura Braden (2018) - Symbolic Networks, Reputations, and History Laura Braden (2018) - Quantitative historical analysis in art research Laura Braden (2018) - Modern art in the USA: the MoMA and academia during the early 20th century Laura Braden & T Teekens (2017) - How museum exhibitions signal artists for commemoration Thomas Teekens & Laura Braden (2017) - Symbolic Networks: How museum exhibitions signal artists for commemoration Laura Braden & Janna Michael (2017) - Capitalizing on Morals: Connecting Cultural Capital and Moral Judgments Awards (7) Laura Braden (2015) - Careers by design: Designer as interdisciplinary worker Laura Braden (2011) - Research Award for Innovative Use of Primary Sources in Research, Center for Research Libraries Laura Braden (2010) - Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Laura Braden (2010) - On Recent Discoveries by University Researchers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laura Braden (2009) - Research award grant for social network analysis (University of Kentucky) Laura Braden (2009) - Research award, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Laura Braden (2008) - Research grant (Library and Archives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York) Teaching (8) Year 2021 Year Level BA-2, BA-2 Course Code CC2005 Year 2021 Year Level BA-2, Other, BA-2, BA-3, BA-3 Course Code CC2050 Year 2021 Year Level BA-2, BA-2 Course Code CC2100 Level MA Year 2021 Year Level MA Course Code CC4008 Year 2021 Year Level MA, MA-2 Course Code CC4011 Year 2021 Year Level MA, MA-1 Course Code CC4018 Level MA Year 2021 Year Level MA Course Code CC4050 Level MA-1 Year 2021 Year Level MA-1 Course Code CS5002