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Sarah S. Hosman, PhD - Department of Sociology

Sarah Hosman, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Sociology
Office: 3201 Arch Street, 202


  • PhD, Boston University

Research Interests:

  • Urban sociology
  • Gentrification
  • Cultural sociology
  • Economic Sociology
  • Narratives of place
  • Ethnography


Sarah S. Hosman, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her PhD from Boston University and her dissertation project is an urban ethnography of Boston’s student neighborhood, specifically examining how neighborhood actors deploy cultural narratives to orient the neighborhood’s past and shape its future. In so doing, locals perpetuate a precarious housing market and neighborhood inequality. Previous research has focused on Taqwacore, a subculture of Muslim and Arab American punk rockers, who have forged community, identity and resistance in the post-9/11 context.

One current research project focuses on the role of universities in shaping neighborhood outcomes, especially via the framing of local investment practices and cultural narratives. Additional research examines how and when adjacent neighborhoods forge coalitions for political gain and how and when they insist on neighborhood distinctions, and to what ends. She has taught Introduction to Sociology, as well as courses on urban sociology, popular culture and society, and the media.

Selected Publications:

  • Hosman, Sarah Siltanen (2019). Book review of Gender Inequality In Metal Music Production by Pauwke Berkers and Julian Schaap. Gender & Society.
  • Hosman, Sarah S. (2018). Allston Christmas: How Local Rituals Reproduce Neighborhood Temporality and Deter Gentrification. Urbanities: Journal of Urban Ethnography, 8, 2. 
  • Hosman, Sarah S. (2013). Taqwacore: Punk Islam in the USA. In S. T. Horsfall, J-M. Meij, & M. Probstfield (Eds.). Ritual, Authenticity and Globalization in Music: An Introduction to the Sociology of Music. Paradigm Press.