Expertise

Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Cultural Sociology

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow at the Public Policy Lab at Temple University. I study urbanization and its intersections with race, culture, knowledge, political economy, public policy, and the environment. 

My first book, Parks for Profit: Selling Nature in the City, will be published in late 2021 with Columbia University Press. The book examines the High Line in New York, the Bloomingdale Trail/606 in Chicago, and Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston to offer a critical perspective on the rise of the postindustrial park. Tracing changing ideas about cities and nature and underscoring the centrality of race and class, I argue that postindustrial parks aestheticize past disinvestment while serving as green engines of gentrification.

My engagement with urban-environmental concerns also includes pressing questions of adaptation in the time of climate change. I have been investigating flood control programs in the U.S. and particularly the growing use of voluntary property buyouts as a public policy tool in recent decades. This ongoing project has resulted in publications in Population and EnvironmentNatural Hazards ReviewSocial Problems, Socius, and Social Currents and has recently been awarded a National Science Foundation grant.

Other work has examined the politics of historic preservation, race and public space, and the urban theory of W.E.B. Du Bois.

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2017. Prior to coming to Temple, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications