Urban Political Economy, Gentrification
I grew up in Chicago and received my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2002. I received my M.A. in Sociology in 2005 by analyzing the political and economic impacts of using public subsidies to build Miami's American Airlines Arena. Since 2006 I have been a Research Associate at the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP), housed in FIU's Labor Center. I have written and contributed to numerous RISEP reports on issues affecting low-income workers and residents in South Florida (see risep-fiu.org). I have conducted participatory action research in collaboration with social justice organizations, such as studies on Mobile Home Parks under Pressure of Redevelopment and The Aftermath of HOPE VI Public Housing Redevelopment.
In 2011, with the support of an FIU Dissertation Year Fellowship, I completed my PhD dissertation, The Role of Neighborhood Organizations in the Production of Gentrifiable Urban Space: The Case of Wynwood, Miami’s Puerto Rican Barrio. Since 2012 I have been teaching Labor Studies and Urban Studies courses in the FIU Labor Center. Recently funded action research projects include research on tenants in foreclosure and a study of the working conditions of Miami-Dade taxi drivers.