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

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. 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."

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

Working Papers

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