Joshua Gamson, author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America, is Professor of Sociology at the University of San Fransico, and past professor of sociology at Yale University. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. in political science at Swarthmore College. He is particularly interested in the sociology of culture, social movements, participant-observation methodology and techniques, and the history, theory, and sociology of sexuality.