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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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Affiliated PhD Student

Jane Abell

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Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

About

Jane Lief Abell is a second year doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores Islam in the United States, with a particular focus on how race and religion inform relations among "native" and immigrant Muslim groups. Currently, she is working with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, an Arabic language and arts organization based in West Philly, and conducting fieldwork in Northeast Philadelphia. Prior to entering graduate school, Jane held several research and editorial positions at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University; Harvard Divinity School; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights; and Law People Management, LLC. Jane holds a BA with High Honors in Sociology & Anthropology and Islamic Studies from Swarthmore College. 

 

Sydney Baloue

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PhD Candidate, Africana Studies, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennyslvania

About

Sydney Baloue is a William Fontaine Fellow of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research explores Black dance and music subcultures and Black queer geographies within urban landscapes. He has a particular focus on the usage of oral histories to document genealogies of Black and Latinx LGBT communities in New York City and in Europe, which constitute ball/house culture and voguing. His research methods include oral histories, performance ethnography, data analysis and international/regional comparative research. Prior to entering graduate school at Penn, Sydney was awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Study Scholarship in 2011. He was a Transatlantic Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Berlin from 2012 to 2014. Sydney holds a dual-degree MSc/MA in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Selected Publications

Sydney Baloue, (2016) Black and Latin@ Queer Geographies and Oral Histories of Ballroom Culture in New York City. (London, UK: Masters Thesis, London School of Economics and Politics, 2016).

Haut Conseil d’Egalité Entre Femmes et Hommes – Premier Ministre, (2015) Avis sur le harcèlement sexiste et les violences sexuelles dans les transports en commun. – Report for French Prime Minister’s Office No. 2015-04-16-VIO-16 (Paris, France: Haut Conseil d’Egalité Entre Femmes et Hommes, 2015)

Sydney Baloue and Cecile Moore, Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis and Paralysis: On the Sidelines or Catalysts for Ideas and Actions? (Philadelphia, PA: Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, 2013).

Ecologic Institute, E.On, Policy Studies Institute (2013): Consumer preferences for smart homes: a comparative study between the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. – Report for E.On under E.On International Research Initiative 2012.

Faculty Fellow

Camille Zubrinsky Charles

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Professor of Sociology; Walter H. and Leonore C. Anneberg Professor in the Social Sciences

Chair, Department of Africana Studies

About

Camille Z. Charles is Walter H. and Leonore C. Anneberg Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies, and Education, and Director of the Africana Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests are in the areas of urban inequality, racial attitudes and intergroup relations, racial residential segregation, minorities in higher education, and racial identity. 

Selected Publications

Kramer, Rory A., Brianna Remster, and Camille Z. Charles. In Press. “Black Lives and Police Tactics Matter.” Contexts, Summer: 20-25. (https://contexts.org/articles/black-lives-and-police-tactics-matter/).

Charles, Camille Z, Rory Kramer, Kimberly Torres, Rachelle Brunn-Bevel. 2015. “Intragroup Heterogeneity and Blackness: Effects of Racial Classification, Immigrant Origins, Social Class, and Social Context on the Racial Identity of Elite College Students.” Race and Social Problems 7(4).
Kramer, Rory, Ruth Burke, sand Camille Z. Charles. 2015. “When Change Doesn’t Matter: Racial Identity (In)consistency and Adolescent Well-being.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(2).

Charles, Camille Z., Douglas S. Massey, Mary J. Fischer, and Margarita Mooney, with Brooke A. Cunningham, and Gniesha Y. Dinwiddie. 2009. Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Charles, Camille Zubrinsky. 2006. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Race, Class and Residence in Los Angeles. New York: Russell Sage. 

Penn IUR Scholar

Edward Glaeser

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Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Areas of Interest

    About

    Ed Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, where he also serves as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He studies the economics of cities, and has written widely on urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime, and housing markets. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. 

    Selected Publications

    Glaeser, Edward L. "Wealth and the Self-Protection Society." In 100 Years: Leading Economists Predict the Future. Ed. Ignacio Palacios-Huerta. MIT Press, 2014.

    Glaeser, Edward L. "Urban Public Finance." Handbook in Public Economics.Ed. Alan J. Auerbach, Raj Chetty, Martin Feldstein, and Emmanuel Saez. Elsevier B.V., 2013.

    Glaeser, Edward L., Christopher F. Chabris, James J. Lee, Daniel J. Benjamin, Jonathan P. Beauchamp, Gregoire Borst, Steven Pinker, and David I. Laibson. "Why It Is Hard to Find Genes Associated with Social Science Traits: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations." American Journal of Public Health 103.S1 (October 2013): S152-S166.

    Glaeser, Edward L., Steve Poftak, and Kristina Tobio. "What Do Parents Want? An Exploration of School Preferences Expressed by Boston Parents." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-024, July 2013.

    Glaeser, Edward L. "A World of Cities: The Causes and Consequences of Urbanization in Poorer Countries." National Bureau of Economic Research, December 2013.

    Faculty Fellow

    David Grazian

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    Associate Professor of Sociology; Graduate Chair

    About

    David Grazian is Associate Professor of Sociology and Graduate Chair in the Department of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. His research areas include sociology of culture, popular culture and mass media, urban sociology, symbolic interaction, race and ethnicity, ethnographic methods and social theory. Grazian teaches courses on popular culture, mass media and the arts, cities and urban sociology, social interaction and public behavior, and ethnographic methods. In his research he employs a variety of ethnographic and other qualitative methods to study the production and consumption of commercial entertainment in the urban milieu. He recently received a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey to pursue his research full time during the 2013-2014 academic year. During his sabbatical year of residence, Grazian will complete a book manuscript on metropolitan zoos as repositories of culture as well as nature. The book is tentatively titled Where the Wild Things Aren’t: City Zoos and the Culture of Nature.

    Selected Publications

    Grazian, David. 2017. Mix it Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society, 2nd Edition. New York: W.W. Norton.

    Grazian, David. 2016. American Zoo: A Sociological Safari. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Garner, Betsie and David Grazian. 2016. “Naturalizing Gender through Childhood Socialization Messages in a Zoo.” Social Psychology Quarterly 79(3): 181-198.

    Grazian, David. 2011. On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Grazian, David. 2005. Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    Kathleen Hall

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    Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology

    Chair, Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

    About

    Kathleen Hall is Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology in the Education, Culture, and Society Division and Chair of the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division in the Graduate School of Education with a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology. She is a member of the graduate groups in Sociology, Folklore, Social Policy & Practice, and South Asia Studies and is affiliated with the Urban Studies and Asian American Studies programs. She received the Michael Katz Excellence in Teaching Award in the Urban Studies Program in 2001 and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D Teaching and Mentoring in 2009. Her research and publications focus on immigration, citizenship, racial and class inequality, and national incorporation in the United Kingdom and the United States; the politics of knowledge in public sector policy and governance; risk management, human rights, and anti-terrorism law in the United Kingdom; and concepts of "global citizenship" and related efforts to "internationalize" K-16 education in the U.S. and the U.K. Before joining the GSE faculty in 1995, Hall was a postdoctoral Fellow at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, where she conducted research on community-based poverty initiatives. 

    Selected Publications

    Stambach, Amy and Kathleen D. Hall, eds. 2017. Anthropological Perspectives on Student Futures: Youth and the Politics of Possibility. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Hall, K. D. 2012. “Security and the Risk Management State: British Anti-Terrorism Policies After 7/7.” In Politics, Publics, Personhood: New Ethnographies at the Limits of Neoliberalism, edited by C. Greenhouse. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

    Hall, K. D. 2009. British Sikh Lives Lived in Translation. Everyday Life in South Asia, 2nd Edition. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press.

    McDermott, R., and K.D. Hall. 2007. “Scientifically Debased Research on Learning, 1854-2006.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 38(11): 82-88.

    Faculty Fellow

    Ira Harkavy

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    Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships 

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Harkavy teaches in the departments of history, urban studies, and Africana studies, and in the Graduate School of Education. As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses, as well as participatory action research projects, that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia. Harkavy is Chair of the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); US Chair of the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy; and Chair of the Anchor Institutions Task Force. He has co-edited and co-authored seven books, and has written and lectured widely on the history and current practice of urban university-community-school partnerships and strategies for integrating the university missions of research, teaching, learning, and service. Among other honors, Harkavy is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Award of Merit, Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant, and two honorary degrees.

      Selected Publications

      Benson, Lee, Ira Harkavy, John Puckett, Matthew Hartley, Rita A. Hodges, Francis E. Johnston, and Joann Weeks. 2017. Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

      Bergan, Sjur, Tony Gallagher, and Ira Harkavy, eds. 2016. Higher Education for Democratic Innovation. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

      Harkavy, Ira. 2016. “Engaging Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions for Health Equity” editorial in American Journal of Public Health. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association Publications. 106(12): 2155–2157.

      Harkavy, Ira, Nancy Cantor, and Myra Burnett, “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement,” white paper based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant no. 1219996, January 2015, available at http://www.nettercenter.upenn.edu.

      Harkavy, Ira, Matthew Hartley, Rita Hodges and Joann Weeks. 2013. “The Promise of University-Assisted Community Schools to Transform American Schooling: A Report from the Field, 1985-2012.” Peabody Journal of Education 88:5 (2013): 525-540. 

      Penn IUR Scholar

      Shaun R. Harper

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      Executive Director, Southern California Center on Race & Equity

      School/Department

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Shaun R. Harper was Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education in the Higher Education Division of the Graduate School of Education. He now acts as Founding Executive Director for the Southern California Center on Race & Equity. His research examines race and gender in higher education, Black male college access and achievement, and college student engagement. He has published eleven books and more than eighty peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. His research has been praised by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2008 Early Career Award); the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2010 Outstanding Contribution to Research Award, 2012 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Faculty Excellence, and 2013 Pillar of the Profession); and the American Educational Research Association (2010 Division G Early Career Award). He is principal investigator of the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study.

        Selected Publications

        Harper, Shaun R and J. Luke Wood. 2014. Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. Stylus Publishing.

        Harper, Shaun R. 2013. Am I My Brother’s Teacher? Black Undergraduates, Peer Pedagogies, and Racial Socialization in Predominantly White Postsecondary Contexts. Review of Research in Education, 37: 183-211.

        Schuh, John H., Susan R. Jones, and Shaun R. Harper. 2011. Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession (5th edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

        Harper, Shaun R. 2012. Race without Racism: How Higher Education Researchers Minimize Racist Institutional Norms. The Review of Higher Education, 36(1): 9-29.

        Harper, S. R., and C. H. F. Davis III. 2012. They (Don’t) Care about Education: A Counternarrative on Black Male Students’ Responses to Inequitable Schooling. Educational Foundations, 26(1), 103-120.

        Harper, S. R., and K.A. Griffin. 2011. Opportunity beyond Affirmative Action: How Low-income and Working-class Black Male Achievers Access Highly Selective, High-cost Colleges and Universities. Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, 17(1): 43-60.

        Fellow

        Daniel Hartley

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        Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

        About

        Daniel Hartley is a Research Economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is primarily interested in urban/regional economics and labor economics. His current work focuses on gentrification, public housing, neighborhood housing market dynamics, and household finance. Raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Hartley has always had a deep appreciation of cities. His prior employment includes a three-year spell as a software developer, and summer jobs in various research areas including electrical engineering and asset management.

        Selected Publications

        Guerrieri, V., D. Hartley, and E. Hurst. 2013. Endogenous Gentrification and Housing Price Dynamics. Journal of Public Economics, 100: 45-60.

        Guerrieri, V., D. Hartley, and E. Hurst. 2012. Within-city Variation in Urban Decline: The Case of Detroit. American Economic Review - Papers and Proceedings, 102(3): 120-126.

        Hartley, D. and K. Fee. 2013. “The Relationship between City Center Density and Urban Growth or Decline.” In Revitalizing American Cities, Susan Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

        Aliprantis, D. and D. Hartley. Blowing It Up and Knocking It Down: The Local and City-Wide Effects of Demolishing High Concentration Public Housing on Crime. (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Working Paper). http://www.clevelandfed.org/research/workpaper/2010/wp1022r.pdf.

        Faculty Fellow

        John Jackson, Jr.

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        Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice

        Richard Perry University Professor

        Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor

        About

        ohn L. Jackson, Jr., is Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Jackson received his BA in Communication (Radio/TV/Film) summa cum laude from Howard University (1993), earned his PhD in Anthropology with distinction from Columbia University (2000), and served as a junior fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows (1999-2002). He is the author of Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001); Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005); Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic Civitas, 2008); Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press, 2013); Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion, co-written with Cora Daniels (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2014), and Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment (NYU Press, 2016), co-written with Carolyn Rouse and Marla Frederick. His is also editor of Social Policy and Social Justice (2016), distributed by the University of Pennsylvania Press. His most recently completed film, co-directed with Deborah A. Thomas, is Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens (Third World Newsreel, 2012). Jackson previously served as Senior Advisor to the Provost on Diversity and Associate Dean of Administration in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

        Selected Publications

        Jackson, John L. 2016. Social Policy and Social Justice. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

        Jackson, John L., Carolyn Rouse, and Marla Frederick. 2016. Televised Redemption: The Media Production of Black Muslims, Jews, and Christians. New York City: New York University Press.

        Jackson, John L. and Cora Daniels. 2014. Impolite Conversations: On Race, Class, Sex, Religion, and Politics. New York City: Atria Books [Simon and Schuster imprint].

        Jackson, John L. 2013. Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

        Jackson, John L. 2008. Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness. New York City: Basic Civitas.

        Penn IUR Scholar

        Mark L. Joseph

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        Associate Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

        Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

        Faculty Associate, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Case Western Reserve University

        About

        Mark L. Joseph is an Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. Joseph teaches classes on community practice. His fields of interest are urban poverty, community development, mixed-income development, and comprehensive community initiatives. In 2013 he launched the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) to serve as a central resource for research and information on creating and sustained mixed-income developments.  His research and evaluation work includes mixed-income public housing transformations in Chicago, San Francisco, and Akron, Ohio.  He is on the Urban Institute team conducting the national evaluation of the federal government's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.  The NIMC will provide a database on mixed-income developments across the country as well as a mixed-income library and periodic scans of the field (nimc.case.edu).

        Selected Publications

        Joseph, M. L. 2013. Mixed-income Symposium Summary and Response: Implications for Antipoverty Policy. Cityscape, 15(2): 215-221.

        McCormick, N., M L. Joseph, and R. J. Chaskin. 2012. The New Stigma of Relocated Public Housing Residents: Challenges to Social Identity in Mixed-income Developments. City and Community, 11(3): 285-308.

        Chaskin, R. J. and M. L. Joseph. 2012. “Positive” Gentrification, Social Inclusion, and the “Right to the City” in Mixed-income Communities: Uses and Expectations of Space and Place. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(2): 280-302.

        Joseph, M. L. 2011. Reinventing Older Communities Through Mixed-income Development: What are We Learning from Chicago’s Public Housing Transformation? In Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America, 122-139. Harriet B. Newburger, Eugénie L. Birch, and Susan M. Wachter, eds. 122-139. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

        Affiliated PhD Student

        Austin Lee

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        PhD Candidate, Sociology, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Philadelphia

        About

        Austin Lee is a current Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies from Amherst College. Her research focuses on Black people’s use of digital platforms to discuss changes in their physical communities. She’s also interested in neighborhood change and how Black women navigate public space.

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