I study the formation of status orders, the role of cultural hierarchies in legitimating social dominance and inequality, processes of valuation that shape the perceived worth of things or individuals, and the relational origins of creativity. I am generally interested in status-based approaches to the study of inequality.




Market Chains: Consecration and Creativity in the Market for Modern Art. Book manuscript under contract, Princeton University Press.

Journal Articles

Fabien Accominotti. "Consecration as a Population-Level Phenomenon." Forthcoming, American Behavioral Scientist. [Journal]

Fabien Accominotti, Shamus Khan, and Adam Storer. "How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic.American Journal of Sociology 123: 1743-1783 (May 2018). [Journal]

Fabien Accominotti. "Creativity from Interaction: Artistic Movements and the Creativity Careers of Modern Painters." Poetics 37: 267-294 (June 2009). [Journal]

Fabien Accominotti. "Market and Hierarchy: The Social Structure of Production Decisions in a Cultural Market." Histoire & Mesure 23: 177-218 (December 2008). [Journal]

Working Papers

Fabien Accominotti and Daniel Tadmon. "How the Reification of Merit Breeds Inequality: Theory and Experimental Evidence."

Fabien Accominotti. "Status Signaling, Rank Ambiguity, and Reciprocity in Informal Economic Exchange."

Other Writings

Fabien Accominotti. "Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville, by Daniel B. Cornfield." American Journal of Sociology 122: 2015-2017 (May 2017). [Journal]

Fabien Accominotti. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Prophet: Book Review of Manet: A Symbolic Revolution, by Pierre Bourdieu." European Journal of Sociology 56: 433-437 (December 2015). [Journal]


In Progress

"The Sociology of Segregated Inclusion" (with Shamus Khan).

"Qualities and Inequalities: How the Interplay of Quality Signals Shapes Winner-Take-All Inequality" (with Taylor Brown).

"Collaborations and Careers: Disentangling Quality Signaling from Collective Skill Formation in the Theater and Movie Industries" (with Tony Sirianni).


Fabien Accominotti (co-PI with Kate Summers, Katharina Hecht, Jonathan Mijs and Tania Burchardt), “Deliberating Inequality: Understanding the Social Formation of Beliefs About Inequality,” STICERD Grant (2019-2020).

Fabien Accominotti, "Explaining the Legitimacy of Inequality: Two Experimental Tests of the Consecration Hypothesis," LSE International Inequalities Institute Research Innovation Grant (2017-2018).

Fabien Accominotti (co-PI with Shamus Khan and Barbara Haws), "Subscribers to the New York Philharmonic, 1842-present," Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grant, Scholarly Communications Program (2012-2015).

Fabien Accominotti (co-PI with Pierre-Michel Menger and Karim Hammou), "Collaboration as a Mechanism for Notoriety in Three Creative Industries," French Department of Culture Research Grant (2011-2012).

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