Associate Professor of Sociology, Mount Holyoke College



Banks, Patricia A. Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption: A Sociological View. Under Contract 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, Reviews & Essays

Banks, Patricia A. Forthcoming. Series of Entries on Collectors of African American Art. “Walter O. Evans,” “Vivian and John Hewitt,” and “Paul R. Jones.”

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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. “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. 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. 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.

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.

Working Papers

Banks, Patricia A. “Racism Rehab: Rebranding to Recover from a Racial Image Crisis”

Banks, Patricia A. “Patrons of Memory: Museum Philanthropy Among Black Voluntary Associations”