Associate Professor of Sociology, Mount Holyoke College

*Curriculum Vitae



Banks, Patricia A. Forthcoming. Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption: A Sociological View. New York. Routledge.

Banks, Patricia A. 2019. Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums. New York. Routledge.

Banks, Patricia A. 2010. Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class. New York: Routledge
*Reviews: Contemporary Sociology, International Review of African American Art               
*Introductory Texts: Sociology Looks at the Arts (Routledge 2014)

Articles & Chapters

Banks, Patricia A. 2019. “High Culture, Black Culture: Strategic Assimilation and Cultural Steering in Museum Patronage." Journal of Consumer Culture.

Banks, Patricia A. 2019. “Cultural Justice and Collecting: Challenging the Underrecognition of African American Artists,” in Guillaume D. Johnson, Sonya A. Grier, Kevin Thomas, and Anthony Kwame Harrison (Ed.). Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries. London: Palgrave.

Banks, Patricia A. 2018. “The Rise of Africa in the Contemporary Auction Market: Myth or Reality?Poetics

Banks, Patricia A. 2018. “Money, Museums, and Memory: Cultural Patronage by Black Voluntary Associations." Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Banks, Patricia A. 2017. “Ethnicity, Class, and Trusteeship at African American and Mainstream Museums." Cultural Sociology 11 (1): 97-112. 

Banks, Patricia A. 2015. “Identity and the Consumption of African American Art in Art Education." Art Education Journal 68(6): 16-21.

Banks, Patricia A. 2013. "Collecting Kara Walker." Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). Exhibition Catalog. South Hadley, MA: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

Banks, Patricia A. 2012. “Cultural Socialization in Black Middle-Class Families.” Cultural Sociology 6 (1): 61-73.

Banks, Patricia A. 2010. “Black Cultural Advancement: Racial Identity and Participation in the Arts Among the Black Middle-Class.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 33 (2): 272-289. 

Banks, Patricia A. 2010. “Conceptions of Art Ownership as a Form of Wealth Accumulation Among the Black Middle-Class.” Qualitative Sociology 33 (3): 333-348.  

Banks, Patricia A. 2010. “Reflecting the Nation: Culturally Inclusive Arts Policy and Race and Ethnicity.Journal of Race and Policy 6 (1): 95-105.

Reviews, Essays, & Other Writing

Banks, Patricia A. 2019. “Why Boards of Cultural Organizations Need to Diversify-and How to Do It” Scholars Strategy Network

Banks, Patricia A. 2019. “Black Artists and Elite Taste CultureContexts

Banks, Patricia A. 2019. Invited review of Michèle Lamont, Graziella Moraes Silva, Jessica S. Welburn, Joshua Guetzkow, Nissim Mizrachi, Hanna Herzog and Elisa Reis. Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel. (Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ). Cultural Sociology.

Banks, Patricia A. 2017. “Collecting African American Art: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Obama Era." Black Past.

Banks, Patricia A. 2017. "Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary African Art Sale: Fluid Categories." C&. May 25.

Banks, Patricia A. 2016. Invited review of Susan E. Cahan. Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press). Ethnic and Racial Studies.  DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1232430.

Banks, Patricia A. 2014. "Art Ownership as Wealth Accumulation." Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. New York: Springer. 

Banks, Patricia A. 2012. “Cultural Capital.” in J. Banks (ed) Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. London: Sage.

Banks, Patricia A. 2012. Invited review of Diane Grams. Producing Local Color: Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press). American Journal of Sociology 117 (4): 1284-1286.

Banks, Patricia A. 2011. Invited review of Daniel Widener. Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press). Ethnic and Racial Studies 34 (2): 397-398.

Banks, Patricia A. 2010. Invited review of Kimberly Eison Simmons. Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic. (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press). Ethnic and Racial Studies 33(6): 1142.

Banks, Patricia A. 2008. Invited review of Karyn R. Lacy. Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle-Class. (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press). Society 45: 210-211.