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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)

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


Urban sociology, development & globalization, political economy, comparative & historical sociology


Chasing World-Class Urbanism: Global Strategies and Everyday Survival in Buenos Aires
(forthcoming, fall 2020)


2019. “The People’s Plan?: Participation and Post-politics in Flint’s Master Planning Process.” Critical
Sociology Vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 85-101

2017. “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

2020 (forthcoming). “Technocracy and Populism: Remaking Urban Governance in Post-Democratic

Flint,” in Terressa Benz and Graham Cassano (eds.), Geographies of Neoliberal Indifference:
Environmental Racism in Flint and Beyond (Brill).

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
2019: “Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities,” by Scott Frickel and James R.
Elliott, City and Community, Vol. 18: pp. 737-739

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/Media

2016: Media interview, KALW 91.7, San Francisco Public Radio, Your Call: The root causes of the
Flint water crisis 1/2016:

2016: Media interview, KPFA 94.1, Berkeley, The living Room, Flint R Us!

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
Introduction to Sociology
Special Topics: The Flint Water Crisis
Contemporary Theory
Urban Sociology
Cities and Society
Social Inequalities
Power and Politics
History of Social Thought
Senior Seminar (Capstone)

Hunter College, City University of New York

Introduction to Sociology
Urban Sociology
Globalization and Nationalism
Race and Ethnicity
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Classical Sociological Theory

“Planning for Sustainability in Buenos Aires: Transnational NGOs and Expert Knowledge
Circulation in Buenos Aires.” American Sociological Association, New York, NY, August 2019.

“Chasing World-Class Urbanism: Transnational NGOs and Expert Knowledge in Buenos Aires.”
Comparative Urbanism Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, March 2019

“Chasing World-Class Urbanism in Buenos Aires: Global Paradigms and International NGOs.”
American Sociological Association, Section on Development, Detroit, October 2017

“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 2014

“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)

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 Program

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


2018 Committee Member, ASA Community and Urban Section Best Graduate Paper Award

2017 Co-Organizer, ASA Community and Urban Section Roundtables

Peer Reviewer for:

Sociological Forum
Social Problems
City and Community
Urban Geography
Geography Compass
Critical Sociology
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research


English (native language)

Spanish (fluency)
Portuguese (intermediate/advanced)