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.
Laura Braden (2014) - American Sociological Association’s 109th Annual Conference (External organisation)
Thomas Teekens & Laura Braden (2019) - Reputation, Status Networks, and the Art Market - Cultural Sociology Lowlands
Laura Braden (2018) - Networks within Exhibition: Using Network Analysis for Art History - Invited Keynote Speaker and Workshop
Laura Braden (2018) - Symbolic Networks, Reputations, and History - 10th Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Networks Sociology of the Arts (RN2) & Sociology of Culture (RN7)
Laura Braden (2018) - Quantitative historical analysis in art research - Invited Keynote Speaker
Laura Braden (2018) - Modern art in the USA: the MoMA and academia during the early 20th century - Invited Keynote Speaker
Laura Braden & T Teekens (2017) - How museum exhibitions signal artists for commemoration - 13th Meeting of the European Sociological Association Conference
Thomas Teekens & Laura Braden (2017) - Symbolic Networks: How museum exhibitions signal artists for commemoration - Cultural Sociology Lowlands
Laura Braden & Janna Michael (2017) - Capitalizing on Morals: Connecting Cultural Capital and Moral Judgments - Current Contestations of Cultural Capital Symposium
Laura Braden (2015) - Careers and Occupations - Key Concepts in the Social Sciences
Laura Braden (2014) - Cultural policy in Europe and the USA - Invited lecture for College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Laura Braden (2014) - Careers and Occupations - Key Concepts in the Social Sciences
Laura Braden (2012) - Curatorial Connections: The Importance of Exhibition Networks for - Section on Sociology of Culture, 107th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Laura Braden (2009) - Predictors of Success in the United States’ Early Modern Art World - Research Colloquia on International Modernism between the Wars, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Laura Braden (2018) - Networking in art: What (or Who) to look for in art exhibitions - Science Hotel, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Laura Braden (2013) - Careers and Occupations - Key Concepts in the Social Sciences
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)