Dr. Jacque Lynn Foltyn

Jacque Lynn Foltyn, PhD, Professor of Sociology, is a cultural critic, sociologist, and media expert shaping public discourse in a variety of fields. An interdisciplinary trained social theorist, her scholarship has focused on popular culture, the body, fashion, beauty, gender, death, bereavement, art, celebrity, social media, the consumer-entertainment-industrial complex, and the social construction of knowledge. Foltyn served as editor-in-chief of Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style (2011-2016); appeared in the award-winning documentary about plastic surgery •Take My Nose•Please;• has written numerous academic journal articles and book chapters; and is author or editor of books focused on fashion, beauty, and death and culture. Editor of an award-winning special issue of Mortality: The Corpse in Contemporary Culture: Identifying, Transacting, and Recoding the Dead Body in the Twenty-First Century, Foltyn•s analyses of the public interest in celebrity deaths and deathly fashion have an international following; been subjects for scholars, essayists, columnists, bloggers, university courses, and graduate theses; gained her invitations as a plenary, keynote, and public speaker; and attracted international media attention. She has appeared on NBC The Today Show, CBS 48 Hours, NPR, and BBC, and been interviewed by CNN, Maclean•s, VICE, Inverse, Allure, More, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Sydney Morning Herald, among other publications. The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, NBC Dateline, 60 Minutes Australia, French Vogue, World Anthropologist, Newsweek, Revlon Corporation, Science Museum of Minnesota have sought her expertise. Her studies of quasi-widowhood (gained from her caretaking of her dying ex-spouse) have been used to train clergy, grief counselors, and hospice workers. Foltyn•s work has been honored by the American Sociology Association; the American Anthropology Association; the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath; the San Diego Museum of Art, Ilan Lael Foundation, and Mingei Museum. From 2009 – 2016, she led international conferences at Oxford University focused on critical studies of fashion, beauty, and aesthetics. She writes about travel and architecture and serves on the Editorial Board of the Emerald Studies in Death and Culture Series. Foltyn believes that her intellectual range, love of teaching, and general spirit of feistiness reflect a family upbringing in which her parents not only emphasized education but intellectual curiosity and the challenging of received knowledge.


  • Foltyn, J. (2017). Review of Death and Social Policy in Challenging Times, by L. Foster & K. Woodthorpe. Critical Social Policy, 37(4): 647-651.
  • Foltyn, J. (2016). Fashion Week San Diego: An Interview with Fashion Entrepreneur Allison Andrews. Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style, 5(2): 21-42.
  • Foltyn, J. (2016). What Remains: Crossing Personal, Professional, and Spiritual Boundaries while Caring for a Dying Ex-Spouse. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 12(1-2): 10-16.
  • Foltyn, J. (2014). They Shoot Prada, Don't They?. Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style, 3(2): 71-96.
  • Foltyn, J. (2013). Review of Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art, A. Ribeiro. Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion Beauty and Style, 2(1): 116-12×.
  • Foltyn, J. (2010). To Die For: Skull Style and Corpse Chic. SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture, 7(2), Special Issue: Fashion Media, 7(2): .
  • Foltyn, J. (2008). The Corpse in Contemporary Culture: Identifying, Transacting, and Recording the Dead Body in the Twenty-First Century. Mortality, 13(2): 99-104.
  • Foltyn, J. (2008). Dead Famous and Dead Sexy: Popular Culture, Forensics and the Rise of the Corpse. Mortality, 153-173.
  • Foltyn, J. (2005). The New Sex: The Rise of the Dead Body in Popular Culture. Mortality, 10(S): 29-30.
  • Foltyn, J. (n.d.). Bodies of Evidence: Criminalizing the Celebrity Corpse. Mortality, 21(3): 246-262.
  • Foltyn, J. (2016). Catwalk: Journal of Fashion Beauty and Style. Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies.
  • Foltyn, J. (2008). The Corpse in Contemporary Culture. Mortality.
  • Foltyn, J. (2019). Fashioning Culture, Commerce, and Identity.
  • Foltyn, J. (2019). Fashions: Exploring Fashions through Cultures.
  • Editors: Vaccarella, M. & J. L. Foltyn. (2015). Fashion-Wise.
  • Foltyn, J. (2015). Crafting Allure: Beauty: Culture, and Identity.
  • Foltyn, J. (2019). Dead Beauty: The Preservation, Memorialisation, and Destruction of Beauty in Death. Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Death, Dying, and Disposal, edited by G. Howarth & P. Jupp. 72-83.
  • Foltyn, J. (2018). Sustainable Kate? Wear-Again Anne: The Recycled Fashions of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal. Engaging with Fashion: Perspectives on Communication, Education, and Business, edited by F. Carlotto & N. McCreesh.. (12/1/2018): 271-193.
  • Foltyn, J. (2016). The Pseudo-Science of Beauty: Facts and Myths. Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Prophetic: Beyond the Boundaries of Beauty, edited by A. Ferreira & L. Moyse.. 3-22.
  • Foltyn, J. (2016). The Ugly Problem: The Lived Experience. Beauty: Exploring Critical Perspectives, edited by P. Wilhelm. 171-181.
  • Foltyn, J. (2013). Sojourn, Transformative: Emotion and Identity in the Dying, Death and Disposal of an Ex-Spouse.¿. Emotion, Identity and Death: Mortality Across Disciplines, edited bt D. Davies & C. W. Park. 85-98.
  • Foltyn, J. (2013). Corpse Chic: `Dead¿ Models and `Living¿ Corpses in Mainstream Fashion Magazines, edited by J. L. Foltyn. Fashions: Exploring Fashion through Cultures. 269-294.
  • Foltyn, J. (2012). Enid Collins Handbags: Branding, Nostalgia and the Power of the Purse. Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues, edited by B. Brownie, L. Petican and J. Reponen. O. 241-250.
  • Foltyn, J. (2012). The Dog Walk: Canine Chic, Companion Animals and Consumer Culture. Fashion-Wise, edited by Vaccarella, M. and J. L. Foltyn. 53-66.
  • Foltyn, J. (2011). Corpse Chic: `Dead¿ Models and `Living¿ Corpses in Fashion Photography. Fashion Forward, edited by A. De Witt-Paul & M. Crouch. 379-392.
  • Foltyn, J. (2009). Quasi-Widowhood: Crossing Boundaries of Marriage, Divorce, and Death. Re-Imaging Death and Dying: Global Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by D. R. Cooley & L. Steffen. 295-305.
  • Foltyn, J. (2008). Dead Sexy: Why Death is the New Sex.¿ (2011). pp. 47-51 Sage, in association with The Open University, UK). Published in four books:. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology., edited by in S. Earle, C. Bartholomew, & C. Komaromy.. 47-51.
  • Joan Kron. (2018). Take My Nose… Pease. Parvenu.
Dr. Jacque Lynn Foltyn

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Dr. Jacque Lynn Foltyn

College: College of Letters and Sciences

Department: Social Sciences


(858) 642-8469

Torrey Pines South Campus


UC San Diego - PHD - Sociology