Nathan Katz
Graduate Student
Areas of Study

Political Sociology, Culture, Mass Media, Theory, Human-Animal Studies, Comparative-Historical Methods

Research and Teaching

Class, Status, and Power; Fake News and Media Politics; Introduction to Sociology; Culture and

Mass Media; Social Deviance; Cultural Diversity in America; Social Problems


Nathan’s main area of interest is the relationship between politics, media, and culture, particularly political advertising. His dissertation “Turning Money into Speech” is a sociological historical analysis of the evolution of what it means for money to be speech. This sheds light on how campaign finance regulations influence speech in the public sphere in the form of political advertising. This develops a further understanding of how ideas shape institutional logics that can influence information delivered to the general public. Other research projects have examined the culture behind white supremacist punk music, as well as special needs animal adoption.

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Katz, Nathan. 2020. “Do-it-Yourself White Supremacy: Linking Together Punk Rock and White Power.” Poetics (Pre-publication/online only).

Conner, Christopher T. and Nathan Katz. Forthcoming., "Electronic Dance Music: From Spectacular Subculture to Culture Industry.” Young (Pre-publication/online only)

Katz, Nathan and Keri Burchfield. 2020. “Special-Needs Companion Animals and Those Who Care for Them: Stories of Identity and Empathy.” Society and Animals 28(1):21-40. (Published online in 2018)

Katz, Nathan.  2016. “Impression Management, Super PACs, and the 2012 Republican Primary.” Symbolic Interaction 39(2):175-95.

Other Publications:

Katz, Nathan. 2019. “Introduction: Why Media Matters for Political Sociology.” States, Power, & Societies Fall: 25-6.

Katz, Nathan. Forthcoming. “Undead Self and Society.” Contexts.

Awards and Honors: 

2020 Habenstein Dissertation Fellowship-University of Missouri-Columbia

2019 Dissertation Research Travel Award-University of Missouri-Columbia

2019 Research and Training Award-University of Missouri-Columbia

2016 Supplemental Graduate Fellowship-University of Missouri-Columbia

2015 Frances Rowe Katz Award for Graduate Research-Northern Illinois University

2015 Sociology Department Award for Student Engagement-Northern Illinois University

Recent Presentations:

Katz, Nathan. 2019. “Beyond Donors: Toward a Sociology of Campaign Expenditures.” Mini-Conference of the Political Sociology Section: States of Exception? Political Conflict, Culture & Populism in the Trump Era.

Korasick, Candace and Nathan Katz. 2019. “Integrating Animals into Social Research.” Democracy Café at the 82nd Annual Midwest Sociological Society Conference: Queering/Querying the Bodies.

Katz, Nathan. 2018. “Right Wing Rockers: How Punk Culture and White Supremacy Combine.” Round table presented at the 113th Annual American Sociological Association Conference: Feeling Race: An Opportunity to Explore Racialized Emotions.

Katz, Nathan. 2018. “Turning Money Into Speech: Campaign Financing and Political Ads in the 1970s.” To be presented at the 81st Annual Midwest Sociological Society Conference: Sociology and the Public’s Health.

Katz, Nathan. 2017. "Meta-Power, Super PACs and the Use of Political Advertising.” Round table presented at the 112th Annual American Sociological Association Conference: Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe.

Katz, Nathan. 2017. “”Anything Newt Can Do, We Can Do Better!” Democratic Identity, Self-Verification, and Who Leaves the Party.” Round table presented at the 80th Annual Midwest Sociological Society Conference: Globalization: Promises, Possibilities, and Pitfalls.