Alexandre Frenette is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. His research focuses on the sociology of work/careers, creative industries, and youth labor markets. Using the music industry as his case study, Frenette is currently working on a monograph about the challenges and the promise of internships as part of higher education, tentatively titled The Intern Economy: Laboring to Learn in the Music Industry. His writings on the intern economy have won awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems as well as the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
Frenette also has considerable private sector experience, which includes founding and co-running an indie record company while growing up in Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Ph.D. in sociology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.