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Deena Weinstein

  • Professor
  • PhD​

  • Sociology
  • Faculty
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Dr. Deena Weinstein is a Professor of Sociology at DePaul University. She received her doctorate degree from Purdue University. Her specialties include social theory, sociology of rock music, mass media studies, popular culture, and sociology of celebrity. She has published extensively on rock music, including Heavy Metal—the music and its culture, book chapters on the lyrics of Roger Waters, the globalization of metal, Sgt. Peppers album cover, protest songs, British heavy metal, cover songs, and a variety of articles on interaction in rock bands. Weinstein's interest in sociological theory is wide ranging, dominated by work on Georg Simmel's cultural and formal sociologies, including co-authoring the book (Post)-Modernized Simmel. Dr. Weinstein has also ventured beyond academic discourses, writing reviews of albums and concerts, and publishing interviews with rock musicians for a variety of  magazines.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Celebrity
  • Mass Media
  • Rock Studies
  • Social Theory


Just So Stories: How Heavy Metal Got Its Name A Cautionary Tale, Rock Music Studies 1, #1 (February 2014); 36-51.

Brothers in American Music, Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars and Stories That Shaped Our Culture,  Jacqueline Edmondson (ed.), Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2013, pp. 161-164.

Pagan Metal, pp. 58-76 in Donna Watson and Andy Bennett  (ed.), Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music, Durham: Acumen, 2013.