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Public Culture
DisciplineCultural studies
Edited byArjun Appadurai and Erica Robles-Anderson
Publication details
Duke University Press (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Public Cult.
ISSN0899-2363 (print)
1527-8018 (web)
OCLC no.18040687

Public Culture is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic journal of cultural studies published by Duke University Press. It is sponsored by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

Public Culture has a focus on ethnographies, and analyses of cultural politics in globalization. The journal also acts as a forum for discourse on occasions where cultural, social, and political differences emerge as public eruptions. It is published three time per year.


The journal was established in 1988 by anthropologists Carol Breckenridge and Arjun Appadurai. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University Eric Klinenberg served as Public Culture's editor-in-chief from 2010 to 2015, during which time he initiated the online book review offshoot Public Books.[1] From 2015 to 2019, Public Culture was edited by Shamus Khan, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Since 2020, the journal is edited by Arjun Appadurai and Erica Robles-Anderson, Professors of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.


Public Culture received awards for Best New Journal in 1992[2] and Best Special Issue in 2000[3] from The Council of Editors of Learned Journals. In 2013, the same body named Public Culture co-winner of the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement,[4] recognizing the journal's revitalization and transformation with a "marked emphasis on accessibility and broader relevance."[5] The journal has also been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.[6]


  1. ^ Monaghan, Peter. "Cultural-Studies Journal Gets Revamped for a 'Different Intellectual Moment'." The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, D.C.) May 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Best New Journal | The Council of Editors of Learned Journals". The Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Best Special Issue | The Council of Editors of Learned Journals". The Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Archived from the original on July 30, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement; The Council of Editors of Learned Journals". The Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Winter Newsletter 2014; Public Culture". Public Culture. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Danchev, Alex. "Social studies." Times Literary Supplement (London, England) November 3, 2006: 23-24. Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
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