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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
University of Michigan-Flint
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502


Assistant professor of sociology, University of Michigan-Flint (2015 - present)


PhD, Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2008 - 2015)

Dissertation: “Turning to culture in times of crisis: Global toolkits and urban reinvestment in
Buenos Aires” (Sharon Zukin, Chair)

BA, Economics, New York University (2004), magna cum laude with honors


Urban sociology, development & globalization, political economy, sociology of culture, comparative
and historical sociology


Chasing World-Class Urbanism: Global Strategies and Everyday Survival in Buenos Aires (in progress)


2017. “The People’s Plan: Participation and Post-Politics in Flint’s Master Planning Process.” Critical
Sociology, Online First:

2016. “Criminals in Our Midst: Middle-Class Reactions toward Representations of the ‘Ordinary’ in a
Buenos Aires Shantytown.” Latin American Perspectives Vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 135-157

2015. “Urban Fads and Consensual Fictions: Creative, Sustainable, and Competitive City Policies in
Buenos Aires.” City and Community, Vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 47-67

2013. “‘But this is a park!’ The Paradox of Public Space in a Buenos Aires ‘No-Man’s’ Land.”
Citizenship Studies, Vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 16-30

Book Chapters


2016. “Of Artisans, Antique Dealers and Ambulant Vendors: Culturally Stratified Conflicts in Buenos
Aires’ Historic Center”, in Claire Colomb and Johannes Novy (eds.), Protest and Resistance in the
Tourist City (Routledge/Taylor and Francis)

Book Reviews

2017. “Limits to Globalization: Disruptive Geographies of Capitalist Development,” by Eric
Sheppard, Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 47. no. 1, pp. 110-112.

2013. “Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas,” by Arlene Dávila,
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research, Vol. 4, pp. 73-75

2013. “Argentina’s Economic Growth and Recovery: The Economy in a Time of Default,” by Michael
Cohen, Review of Political Economy, Vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 363-366

2012. “The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn,” by Suleiman Osman, Sociological Forum, Vol. 27, no.
4, pp. 1048-1051

Encyclopedia Publications

2011. “Urban Space.” Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Other Publications

2016. “Flint’s Water Crisis is no Accident.” In these Times,

2014. “PR Problems for the Power Elite: Rethinking the 2008 Financial Crisis and the Rise of Right-
Wing Nationalism with C. Wright Mills.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology.


University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI.
Introduction to Sociology
Special Topics: The Flint Water Crisis
Contemporary Theory
Urban Sociology
History of Social Thought
Senior Seminar

Hunter College, City University of New York
Introduction to Sociology
Urban Sociology
Globalization and Nationalism
Race and Ethnicity
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Classical Sociological Theory

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
People, Power, Politics
Social Change
Gender and Society


“Greenlining the Rustbelt: Participatory Politics and Non-Profit Governance in Flint and Detroit’s
Master Plans.” American Sociological Association, Seattle, August 2016.

“Papering over Differences: Civic and Market Visions of Buenos Aires’ ‘New’ Downtown.” (Presenter
and organizer [with Catalina Ortiz] of “Translocal exchange platforms: Urban policy innovation
networks and infrastructures”), Latin American Studies Association, New York, May 2016

“Distinction and Urban Redevelopment in Buenos Aires: Understanding Culture as Resource in
Urban Restructuring.” American Sociological Association, Chicago, August 2015

“X City: (Neoliberal, Global, Participatory, Creative, Etc.): Battles of Ideas and Sites of
Experimentation in Buenos Aires, 1989-2014.” Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, May
2015 (with Ryan Centner)
“Turning to Culture in Times of Crisis: The Production of Artisanal Value in a Buenos Aires Tourist
Landscape.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, August 2013

“‘But this is a park!’: The Paradox of Public Space in a Buenos Aires ‘No-Man’s’ Land.” International
Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2012

“Redeveloping the Past: The Political Economy of Collective Memory in the Casco Histórico of
Buenos Aires.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, August 2011

“Beyond the Gay Ghetto: Socio-Spatial Differentiation and the Contestation of Gay Identity in the
Post-Fordist City.” MIT Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies Conference: Gender, Sexuality
and Urban Spaces. Cambridge, March 2011

“(Re)Writing Histories? The Case of Revitalization in the Casco Histórico of Buenos Aires.” Eastern
Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston, March 2010

Invited Talks

Moderator, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Bicentennial Theme: Failing Flint: Lessons from the
Water Crisis, Moderator, Flint, MI, October, 2017

“The people’s plan?: Participation and post-politics in Flint’s master planning process.” Department
of Anthropology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, November 2016
Michigan’s Municipal Water Infrastructure: Public Policy Choices and Issues Conference, Michigan
State University, Lansing, MI, March 2016

“Chasing world-class urbanism in Buenos Aires: Global paradigms and international NGOs.” Grand
Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, November, 2015

“Of Artisans, Antique Dealers, and Ambulant Vendors: Culturally Stratified Conflicts in Buenos Aires’
Historic Center.” Technical University of Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin, November

“De comercio, clase, y cultura: Gubernamentalidad neoliberal y estratificación ‘artesanal’ en un San
Telmo en proceso de gentrificación.” University of Buenos Aires, Gino Germani Institute, Buenos
Aires, July 2013


2016: Research and Creative Activity award, University of Michigan-Flint, “Participatory urban
democracy: Levels of Institutionalization in Master Planning Processes in Flint and Detroit”

2014: Graduate Center Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate Center, CUNY

2013: Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, Dissertation Writing Fellow, Graduate Center, City
University of New York

2013: RC21-IJURR Summer School, Berlin, Germany (two week workshop on qualitative and
qualitative urban research methods)

2013: Author Meets Critics Series, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (invitation
to participate in exchange with authors of key recent articles)

2012-2013: Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow, City College, City University of New York

2012: CUNY Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant: “Urban Sociology Digital Mapping and
Presentation Tool”

2012: Research and Travel Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2010: Kathryn Davis Fellowship for International Peace, Middlebury College Portuguese Language

2008-2013: Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY


2017 Co-Organizer, ASA Community and Urban Section Roundtables


Peer Reviewer for:
City and Community
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research
Sociological Forum
Social Problems


English (native language)
Spanish (fluency)
Portuguese (intermediate/advanced)


Member of American Sociology Association (ASA)
Member of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)
Member of the Latin America Studies Association (LASA)