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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Penn IUR Scholar

Christian Krohn-Hansen

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Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

About

Christian Krohn-Hansen is Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo in Norway. Krohn-Hansen is currently the department’s Vice Chair and Head of the doctoral program. He also is a member of the steering committee of the interdisciplinary research area Livelihoods in Developing Countries (LEVE) at the university and a member of the advisory board of Ethnos. Krohn-Hansen’s research interests include the anthropology of politics, economic anthropology, urban ethnography, and regional and international migration and span the Caribbean, Latin America, and New York. He has performed long-term fieldwork in the southwestern Dominican Republic in close proximity to the border with Haiti, and in northeastern Colombia. 

Selected Publications

Krohn-Hansen, Christian. 2015. “Political Anthropology.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition), James D. Wright, ed. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.

Krohn-Hansen, Christian. 2013. Making New York Dominican: Small Business, Politics, and Everyday Life. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Krohn-Hansen, Christian. 2007. “The Understanding of Migration and the Discourse of Nationalism: Dominicans in New York City.” In Holding Worlds Together: Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging, 77-102, Marianne Lien and Marit Melhuus, eds.. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

 

Penn IUR Scholar

Huang Ling

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Associate Professor, Master Tutor of Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University

About

Huang Ling is an associate professor of Department of Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Chongqing University, China. She has been active in the field’s professional teaching, research and real projects for over 20 years. Her research mainly focuses on community development and planning, urban design, urban sociology and urban culture. She has either visited or interacted with a number of overseas universities and institutes, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, La Villette Architecture School in Paris, APA, Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Columbia University, University of Minnesota and Architecture Center in Denmark. Dr. Huang Ling has published four books and over 40 papers. Recently, her research and practice focus on community development and regeneration in Chongqing main cities, and her finished series projects have been the models for urban renewal in Chongqing.

 

Selected Publications

Huang, Ling. 2011. Research on Cultural Structure of Urban Spaces: Case Studies of Cities in Southwest China. Nanjing: Southeast University Press.

Huang, Ling. 2010. A Brief History of Urban Planning. In Introduction to Urban Planning, chapter 2, Hu, Wen, eds. Wuhan: Huazhong University of Science & Technology Press.

Huang, Ling. 2013. Urban Design Classics Reading. Q & A of Urban Design Teaching & Learning. In Urban Design Tutorials, chapter 6 & 7, Hu, Wen eds. Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press.

Huang, Ling. 2013. Social Space Planning in Urban Planning. Community Development & Community Planning. In Urban Sociology (2nd Edition), chapter 12 & 13, Gu, Caolin and Liu, Jiayan eds. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.

Huang, Ling. (Translated) 2014. An Introduction to Community Development. Edited by Rhonda Phillips and Robert H. Pittman. Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press.

 

Penn IUR Scholar

Gary W. McDonogh

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Professor, Growth and Structure of Cities Department, Bryn Mawr College

About

Gary McDonogh is Professor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department at Bryn Mawr College. His primary research concerns the exploration of urban life and consciousness, especially in the city of Barcelona. He spent a decade working in Savannah, Georgia, studying race and class relations as well as the narratives and resistances of Savannah’s African-American community. His recent research engages the issues of American suburbia and its cultural significance in a global context. McDonough’s current projects aim to find new and creative ways to understand cities and their dynamic and multifaceted issues. He is in the process of completing a co-edited ethnographic collection on global downtowns which pays special attention to Chinatowns.

 

Selected Publications

McDonogh, Gary. 2013. Iberian Worlds. New York: Routledge.

Wong, by Cindy Hing-Yuk and Gary McDonogh. 2005. Global Hong Kong. New York: Routledge.

Gregg, Robert, Gary McDonogh, and Cindy Wong. 2001. Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture. London: Taylor and Francis.

McDonogh, Gary. 1993. Black and Catholic in Savannah, Georgia. University of Tennessee Press.

 

Penn IUR Scholar

Marina Peterson

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Associate Professor of Performance Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University

Areas of Interest

    About

    Marina Peterson is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts. An anthropologist, her work focuses on practices and processes of city making. Her research has explored multi-scalar dimensions of urban space through the study of sensory, sonic, and embodied processes ranging from musical performance to planning and labor. She has conducted ethnographic research in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Appalachian Ohio. Her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, Space and Culture, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Urban Anthropology.

     

    Selected Publications

    Peterson, Marina. 2013. Sound Work: Law, Labor and Capital in the 1940s Recording Bans of the American Federation of Musicians. Anthropological Quarterly, 86(3): 791-824.

    Peterson, Marina, and Gary McDonogh, eds. 2012. Global Downtowns. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Peterson, Marina. 2010. Sound, Space, and the City: Civic Performance in Downtown Los Angeles. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Peterson, Marina. 2010. “Garden, City, World: Los Angeles’ Late Twentieth Century Multicultural Arts Festivals.” In The Politics of Cultural Programming in Public Spaces.  Robert Gehl and Victoria Watts, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Peterson, Marina. 2007. “Translocal Civilities: Chinese Modern Dance at Downtown Los Angeles Public Concerts.” In Deciphering the Global: Its Scales, Spaces and Subjects, 41-58, Saskia Sassen, ed. New York: Routledge.

     

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Megan Reed

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    Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

    About

    Megan N. Reed is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on urbanization and mobility in India. She is working with the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at Penn on a survey project addressing the topics of residential mobility, access to public services, and social attitudes in the Delhi National Capital Region. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Megan was a 2012 Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellow in India and also worked as the Research Coordinator at CASI.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Shashank Saini

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    About

    Shashank Saini is a doctoral student of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on understanding violence in the face of rapid  transformations in the political economy of  urban India. Shashank’s dissertation research uses the optic of gendered embodiment, particularly masculinity,  to understand the subject making processes of male youth residing in peri-urban settings in Delhi.

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Saskia Sassen

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    Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

    About

    Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She has authored many books, the most recent of which is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She has received diverse awards, and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy-2011, Top 100 Thought Leaders by GDI-MIT 2012 and 2013, and received the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.

     

    Selected Publications

    Sassen, Saskia. 2014. Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

    Sassen, Saskia. 2012. Cities in a World Economy.(4TH updated edition) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Sassen, Saskia. 2008. Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Sassen, Saskia.2007. A Sociology of Globalization. New York: W.W.Norton.

    Sassen, Saskia. 1991. The Global City. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (2001 2nd fully updated edition).

     

    Faculty Fellow

    Brian Spooner

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    Professor in Anthropology

    Penn Museum Curator for Near Eastern Ethnology

    About

    Brian Spooner is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Curator for Near Eastern Ethnology in the Penn Museum. He is a social anthropologist who studies the role of cities in the history of globalization, with special reference to the Middle East and Central Asia. His major research activities have been in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, where he has focused on urban investment in irrigation engineering and, more recently, on the relationship between literacy and the growth and proliferation of cities. His current project deals with changing modes of social interaction in non-Western global cities. He served as Chair of the Anthropology Graduate Group at Penn from 1985-1988, as Director of the Middle East Center from 1986-1995, as Co-Director of the Lauder Institute 2010-2012, and as Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology from 2014-2017. Spooner is also the Consulting Editor for Encyclopaedia Iranica at Columbia University.

     

    Selected Publications

    Spooner, Brian, ed. 2015. Globalization: The Crucial Phase. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Spooner, Brian. 2013. “Investment and Translocality. Recontextualizing the Baloch in Islamic and Global History.” In Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series No. 14.

    Spooner, Brian and Harold F. Schiffman, eds. 2012. Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors. Leiden: Brill.

    Spooner, Brian and William L. Hanaway, eds. 2012. Literacy in the Persianate World: Writing and the Social Order. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

    Spooner, Brian and William L. Hanaway. 2007. Reading Nasta’liq: Persian and Urdu Hands 1500 to the Present, 2nd edition. Costa Mesa CA: Mazda Publications. 

     

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Kathleen Wolf

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    Research Social Scientist, College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

    About

    Kathleen Wolf is Research Social Scientist in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Wolf’s studies are based on the fundamental principles of environmental psychology; her professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns. Her research into the human dimensions of open space, urban forestry, and natural systems explores the costs, benefits, and potential ecosystem services of nearby nature. Studies have included perceptions of urban forestry in retail and commercial districts, the integration of urban nature and transportation systems, the human health and wellness benefits associated with the experience of nature, and effective integration of science and policy through technology transfer. She has collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station to develop a program on urban natural resources stewardship, and is a research advisor to the TKF Foundation. An overview of Wolf’s research programs can be found at www.naturewithin.info; additional research findings on Green Cities: Good Health are at www.greenhealth.washington.edu.

     

    Selected Publications

    Wolf, K.L. 2014. Greening the City for Health. Communities & Banking, 25(1): 10-12.

    Wolf, K.L. 2014. City Trees and Consumer Response in Retail Business Districts. In Handbook of Research on Retailer-Consumer Relationship Development, F. Musso, and E. Druica, eds. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

    Wolf, K. L. 2013. Why Do We Need Trees? Let’s Talk About Ecosystem Services. Arborist News, 22(4): 32-35.

    Wolf, Kathleen. 2012. Economics of City Trees. Sitelines: Landscape Architecture in British Columbia, October: 14-17.

    Wolf, K. L., and L.E. Kruger. 2010. Urban Forestry Research Needs: A Participatory Assessment Process. Journal of Forestry, 108(1): 39-44.

    Wolf, K. L. 2008. Metro Nature Services: Functions, Benefits and Values, 294-315. In Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, S.M. Wachter and E.L. Birch, eds.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

     

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