Associate Professor of Sociology
Office: 223 Manchester Hall
Telephone: 860 486-4611
PhD., 2008, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2004, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2002, Sociology and History, New School for Social Research
B.A., 1999, Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University
I’m an associate professor of sociology. My research focuses on urban neighborhoods, culture, market infrastructure, consumption, and qualitative methods. Building on six years of ethnographic and historical research, my first book, Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles, (University of Chicago Press 2012), is a study of the transformation of five adjacent neighborhoods and the tensions between diversity and exclusivity.
My second book, Feeding Cities: Risk, Efficiency, and the Transformation of the Food System (Under Contract, University of Chicago Press), focuses on how large metropolitan regions with millions of people get their food and why some cities and neighborhoods become excluded. This project is based on archival research, 190 interviews with food industry stakeholders, and two years of ethnographic fieldwork in market settings and food distribution hubs in Philadelphia and its surrounding region.
I am also writing a book with Jonathan Wynn, Global Urbanism: Meaning, Practice, and the Formation of Urban Culture (Under contract, Oxford University Press). It focuses on how information and design practices related to food, music, and art scenes are developed and incorporated into cities across the globe, such as London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles, and others.