Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge
Ph.D. 2000 (Sociology), M.A. 1997 (Sociology), University of California, Berkeley; B.A. 1993 (History/Philosophy), Brown University.
295 Lafayette St., Room 4119
Areas of Research/Interest:
Urban Studies; Climate Change and the Environment; Risk and Disaster; Culture and Media.
Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
Fighting For Air: The Battle to Control America's Media
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness
"Of risk and pork: urban security and the politics of objectivity" (with Andrew Lakoff). Theory and Society 39:503–525 (Fall 2010).
"Blaming the Victims: Hearsay, Labeling, and the Hazards of Quick-Hit Disaster Ethnography." American Sociological Review 71/4, August 2006: 689-698.
"When Chicago Baked." Slate.
"Disasters: Natural and Social." In These Times.
"Introduction: Cultural Production in a Digital Age" (with Claudio Benzecry). The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 597 (January 2005).
"Convergence: News Production in a Digital Age." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 597 (January 2005).
"Channeling into the Journalistic Field: Youth Activism and the Media Justice Movement." In Rodney Benson and Eric Neveu (Editors). Pierre Bourdieu and the Sociology of the Journalistic Field (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004).
"Overheated." Contemporary Sociology 33/5: 521-528, 2004.
"Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation." Ethnography 2/4: 499-529, 2001.
"Bodies That Don't Matter: Death and Dereliction in Chicago." Body and Society 7/3: 121-136, 2001. (Reprinted in Bodies as Commodities, London: Sage, 2002.)
"The Political Economy of Whiteness Studies."Souls 4/4: 52-55, 2002.
"Information et Production Numerique." Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales 134: 66-75, 2000.
"Denaturalizing Disaster: A Social Autopsy of the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave." Theory and Society 28: 239-295, 1999. (Revised and reprinted in Philippe Bourgois and Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Editors), Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology (London: Blackwell, 2003).
"Bourgeois Dystopias", a review essay of Dolores Hayden, Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000, and A Field Guide to Sprawl. The Nation (June 28, 2004).
"Neo-Catastrophism." London Review of Books (October 9, 2003).
"Strength in Numbers." Review of James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Washington Post Book World (September 7, 2004).
"To Have and Have Not." Review of Sir Michael Marmot, The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects our Health and Longevity. The Washington Post Book World (August 1, 2004).
"Contestation de l'ordre médiatique, Le Monde Diplomatique (April 2004).
"Fear and the City: After Madrid, Does Urban Life Have a Future?" New Statesman (March 22, 2004, cover story).