Krista E Paulsen

Assoc Dean Student Learning • Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Community and urban sociology, culture, environment, qualitative methods, gender


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara

M.A., Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara

B.A., The Evergreen State College



Krista E. Paulsen received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000. Her research examines how places, whether regions, cities or neighborhoods, develop and maintain distinct cultures and practices. She has taken up these questions through investigations of local responses to offshore oil development, the perpetuation of rural cultural institutions in urbanizing areas, and the creation of new suburban neighborhoods. She is most recently the author of Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience (Wiley-Blackwell 2012; with Xiangming Chen and Anthony Orum) and co-editor of Home: International Perspectives on Culture, Identity and Belonging (Peter Lang Publishers 2013; with Margarethe Kusenbach). She regularly teaches courses in urban sociology, environment and society, introductory sociology and qualitative research methods. Her current work examines how qualities of established neighborhoods persist or change over time.


UNF Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, 2005-6

American Sociological Association Community and Urban Sociology Section Park paper Award, Honorable Mention, 2002

American Sociological Association Political Sociology Section Article Award, 2001

Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications:

Krista E. Paulsen and Hayley Tuller. 2017. “Crafting Place: Craft Beer and Authenticity in Jacksonville, Florida.” Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer. Nathaniel G. Chapman, J. Slade Lellock, Cameron D. Lippard, eds. West Virginia University Press. 

Margarethe Kusenbach and Krista E. Paulsen, Editors. 2013. HOME: International Perspectives on Culture, Identity and Belonging. Peter Lang Publishers.


Xiangming Chen, Anthony Orum and Krista E. Paulsen. 2012. Introduction to Cities: Place and Space in the Human Experience. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


Krista E. Paulsen. 2007. "Strategy and Sentiment: Mobilizing Heritage in Defense of Place." Qualitative Sociology 30: 1-19.


Krista E. Paulsen and Kristin Staggs. 2005. “Constraint and Reproduction in an Amateur Craft Institution: The Conservative Logic of the County Fair.” Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts 33(2): 134-155.


Krista E. Paulsen. 2004. "Making Character Concrete: Empirical Strategies for Studying Place Distinction." City & Community 3(3): 243-262.


Harvey Molotch, William Freudenburg, and Krista E. Paulsen. 2000. "History Repeats Itself, but How? City Character, Urban Tradition, and the Accomplishment of Place." American Sociological Review 65(6): 791-823.

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