Visiting Assistant Professor in Geography/ Urban & Environment Studies
Cities are primarily understood through their key physical attributes, which include rail and bus systems, mixed-use re-development projects, athletic stadiums, and highway systems. Through a diverse set of projects such as Robert Moses' ambitious and contentious plans in modernizing New York City, efforts in Curitiba, Brazil to create a systematic public bus system, and the World Cup's expeditious construction of stadiums in the name of global common good, the course will examine the political, economic, and social entanglements explicitly tied to the exercise of urban development. Premised on a trans-urban comparative approach, the course will examine a range of ideas, debates, and research within and between cities and infrastructural projects in the Global North and Global South. The main goal for the course is to train students in critical analysis in processes of urban development.
International development through the lenses of volunteer tourism, philanthropic projects, cultural and social immersion programs, NGO work, para-professional or professional affiliation with a global institution, and academic fieldwork in sites throughout the Global South are some of the main vectors through which poverty action has been imagined and practiced. Through self-reflexive analysis, this course examines the histories, practices, politics, and personal investment involved in working within and alongside institutions, organizations, and communities claiming to address a range of issues related to poverty and inequality. This course provides a framework for discussing methodological, logistical, and ethical concerns that one may encounter in international development practices.
Poverty action and alleviation are terms that have been used in relation to how we imagine engaging with the so-called "Third World." This course seeks to analytically engage with poverty practices utilizing different models and paradigms of poverty alleviation around the world. Furthermore, the investigation of poverty alleviation will be situated within a larger historical context of 20th and 21st century international development. While global poverty action and alleviation has been propagated through state-led international development projects, the course also seeks to examine the role of non-governmental organizations, social movements, private corporations, and philanthropic foundations all aimed at tackling and eradicating poverty. The course also examines the ways in which poverty is concentrated in urban settings. While most of the course content is situated in the "Third World," case studies on poverty and inequality in the "First World" will be examined as well interrogating normative notions of the "Third World" and "First World."
How do we dwell in our cities? Through what economic, political, and social processes are our living environments constituted? What does it mean to be shelterless and homeless in our propertied world? This course will look at housing processes and housing policies in and across a range of global contexts. It will explicitly adopt a comparative and transnational approach to the geography of housing, showing how a globalized perspective provides important insights into local shelter struggles and housing policy debates. In the broadest sense, the course will use housing as a lens to study space and society, state and market, the public and private sectors, power and change.