Gary Yeritsian is a sociologist whose research interests include media, culture, and social theory. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at UCLA. Gary’s dissertation explores the contested dynamics of participation ‘from above and below’ among cultural audiences. At UCLA, this research has been supported by the Mangasar M. Mangasarian Fellowship and Dorothy L. Meier Dissertation Fellowship, among other prizes. He has taught undergraduate courses on classical and contemporary social theory, urban and economic sociology, self and society, and Marxism and critical theory. He received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Southern California. Outside of academia, Gary’s interests include film, classical music, and ‘true crime’ docuseries.