Violaine Roussel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris 8 and Research Fellow at CRESPPA-CNRS (Center for Sociological and Political Research in Paris—French National Agency for Scientific Research), as well as Affiliated Faculty at the University of Southern California. A specialist of the entertainment industries and Hollywood as a professional system, she recently published Representing Talent. Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and Brokerage and Production in the American and French Entertainment Industries (Lexington Books, 2015, with Denise Bielby). She has also worked and published on art and engagement, including, in 2016, How To Do Politics With Art (Routledge, with Anurima Banerji), Voicing Dissent (Routledge, 2010, with Bleuwenn Lechaux) and Art vs War: Les artistes américains contre la guerre en Irak (Presses de Sciences Po, 2011).
Current research topics
Hollywood talent agents; Brokers and middlemen in cultural industries;
Sociology of film and digital media
The production of popular culture
Art(s) and politics (USA); French/American comparison
Occupations and politics
Book – https://www.amazon.com/Representing-Talent-Hollywood-Agents-Making/dp/022648694X