Associate Professor of Individualized Studies and Sociology ; Director of the Urban Democracy Lab, Gallatin School; Senior Fellow, Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK)
Ph.D. 2001 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; M.S. 1996 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; B.A. 1993(Sociology), University of California, Berkeley.
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Areas of Research/Interest:
Urban studies; Political Sociology; Cultural Sociology; Civil Society and Participation; Ethnography; Theory; Comparative Studies
BooksThe Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life. With Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Peter Klein, and Stephanie Savell. (2014, Paradigm Publishers)
Bootstrapping Democracy: Experiments in Urban Governance in Brazil. With Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva. (2011, Stanford University Press).
Militants and Citizens: Local Democracy on a Global Stage in Porto Alegre. (2005, Stanford University Press).
Radicals in Power: Experiments in Urban Democracy in Brazil (editor). (2003, Zed Press).
Special IssuesReassembling Ethnography: ANT Beyond the Laboratory. Guest Editor (with Michael Rodriguez and Diana Graizbord) Special Issue of Qualitative Sociology, 2013
Select Publications"Participatory Budgeting as If Emancipation Mattered." (With Ernesto Ganuza) Politics & Society, March 2014.
"Actor-Network Theory and the ethnographic imagination: An exercise in translation." (Diana Graizbord and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz) Qualitative Sociology 36.4 (2013): 323-341.
"Disavowing Politics: Civic Engagement in an Era of Political Skepticism." (With Bennett, Elizabeth A., Alissa Cordner, Peter Taylor Klein, Stephanie Savell) American Journal of Sociology 119, no. 2 (2013): 518-548.
“Politics as Interruption: The Political Sociology of Jacques Rancière." (With Brian Connor) Thesis 11: 117(1) 89–100
"The Power of Ambiguity: What Travels as Participatory Budgeting." (With Ernesto Ganuza) Journal of Public Deliberation, 2012. Volume 8 Issue 2.
"Co-designing and Co-teaching Graduate Qualitative Methods: An Innovative Ethnographic Workshop Model." (With Alissa Cordner and Peter T. Klein) Teaching Sociology 40, no. 3 (2012): 217-26.
"The Politics of the Habitus: Publics, Politics and Race in Brazil." (With Lisa Corrado) Qualitative Sociology, no. 33 (Spring 2010): 369-88.
"Making Space for Civil Society: Local Democracy in Brazil." (With Patrick Heller and Marcelo Silva) Social Forces 86, no. 3 (March 2008): 911-36.
“The Ethnos in the Polis: Political Ethnography as a Mode of Inquiry.” (With Brian T. Connor) Sociology Compass, 2: 139–155.
"Could Participatory Budgeting Work in the United States?" (With Josh Lerner) The Good Society 16, no. 1 (2007): 8-13.
"The Brazilian Workers” Party: From Local Practices To National Power. (With Sofia Checa) WorkingUSA, 10 (2007): 411–430.
“The Civilizing Force of Social Movements: Corporate and Liberal Codes in Brazil”s Public Sphere.” Sociological Theory, 24:4, 285-311, 2006.
“Deliberative Democracy and Local Governance: Towards a New Agenda,” (with Marcus Melo) in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30 (3), 587–600, 2006. (Introduction to a Symposium on Deliberative Democracy)
“Interrogating Connections: From Public Criticisms to Critical Publics in Burawoy”s Public Sociology”,” in Critical Sociology 31(3): 339-352, 2005.
"The party and the multitude: Brazil”s Workers” Party (PT) and the challenges of building a just social order in a globalizing context." Journal of World-Systems Research 10, no. 1 (2004): 199-215.
"Anything but racism: How sociologists limit the significance of racism." (With Eduardo Bonilla Silva) Race and Society 4, no. 2 (2001): 117-131.
"Emergent public spheres: talking politics in participatory governance." American Sociological Review (2003): 52-74.
“Synergizing Civil Society: State Civil Society Regimes in Porto Alegre, Brazil.” Political Power and Social Theory 15:3-86 2002/2003.
"Media coverage of 9-11 in Brazil." Television & New Media 3, no. 2 (2002): 183-189.
“The Pariahs of the Wonderful City; fear and the imagined geography of citizenship in in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1977-1982.” DisClosure: A Journal of Social Theory 11:143-163, 2002.
"Brazilian cities in the nineties and beyond: New urban dystopias and utopias." Socialism and Democracy 15, no. 2 (2001): 41-61.
"The Porto Alegre Experiment and Deliberative Democratic Theory." Politics & Society 29, (2001): 43-72.