Doctoral Student

BA, Psychology, Bryn Mawr College
MA, Sociology, University of Chicago


I am PhD student in sociology at the University of Chicago, and my research interests lie at the intersection of culture and cognition. My work currently focuses on the relationship between aesthetic biography and qualitative perception, specifically as it pertains to music. I am also interested in taste development across the life course, the role of the body in aesthetic perception and response, and the "phenomenology" of experience. I have a background in psychology, and in my work bring current research in social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to bear on sociological issues pertaining both to theory broadly, and to culture specifically.


Lembo, Alessandra. “Three Chords & [Somebody’s] Truth: Trajectories of Experience and Taste Among Hard Country Fans.” Poetics,