Ph.D. City University of New York–Graduate Center, 2006
Jonathan Wynn works at the intersection of urban and cultural sociology, and his dissertation project, The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York, (2011, University of Chicago Press, Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Series). His work has been published in City & Community, Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Forum, and Contexts Magazine. He has a recent article in Ethnography called, "Hobo to Doormen: The Characters of Qualitative Analysis, Past and Present."
His second research project, tentatively entitled Music City: Festivals and Culture in Great American Cities, is under contract at the University of Chicago Press. This is a comparative, multi-method analysis of three music festivals (the Country Music Association Festival in Nashville, the "Dunkin Donuts" Newport Folk Festival, and the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas), to examine how city stakeholders have adopted "festivalization" as an urban cultural policy, and the effects of city branding on both locals and visitors, event organizers and participants.
His third research thread is a community study highlighting how place-based social media (e.g., Facebook, Google Maps, etc.) were used in a college town to mobilize social and material capital in the face of a lethal arson spree, and compares it to a similar event in a proximate, poorer community by using content analysis of over 640 community members’ online activity and traditional media, paired with interviews with key community members.
He also working on an Urban Culture primer (co-authored with Andrew Deener) that is under contract with the Oxford University Press.