Center Acting Director
Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology & Law
Email: skacord [at] ufl [dot] edu
Office: 200B Walker Hall
Office Hours: Drop-in or by appointment
Sophia Krzys Acord took up the
position of Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities and the
Sphere in August 2010. Prior to coming to UF, she was a Specialist
at the Center
for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), University of
where she worked on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Future
of Scholarly Communication Project.
At CSHE, Dr. Acord conducted qualitative research in scholarly
and publication behavior, scholarly reward systems, research support
collaboration, public engagement, online
textbooks and open educational resources, and the
and locus of peer review for publication. Dr. Acord has also
consultancy services in the areas of digital libraries, graduate
training, online learning, and humanities research centers.
Dr. Acord holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Exeter, U.K., from which her dissertation was awarded an "Honorable Mention" from the 2010 American Sociological Association's Dissertation Award committee. She also holds an M.Res. (Masters of Research Methodology), also from the University of Exeter, and a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology (minor in Interpretation Theory) from Swarthmore College. Her research examines the production of knowledge in the arts and humanities, and she has published work in cultural sociology, the sociology of the arts, museum studies, qualitative research methods, and mobile technologies.
Dr. Acord has held research fellowships at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology, Rutgers University’s Center for Mobile Communication Studies, the École des Mines’ Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales’ Group for the SocioAnthropology of the Fine Arts. She also edits the journal Music and Arts in Action (MAiA).
At the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Dr. Acord works in program development and evaluation to support the Center's host of activities and increase the profile of humanistic scholarship at UF and in the broader community.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611