2009 Ph.D. - The Graduate Center, CUNY
2005 MA - Queens College, CUNY
2002 BA - Fordham University
I am an assistant professor of sociology and have been teaching at John Jay since 2009. My book, Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City, about nightlife and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods, was published by Princeton University Press in 2014. My work has appeared in City & Community, Poetics, Ethnography, and the European Journal of Cultural Studies. I am also the editor of Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork (Routledge; 2012) and a contributing editor to the journal Metropolitics. I am currently working on a monograph called The Craft of Taste: Cool Manual Labor Jobs in the New Urban Economy (working title, under contract; Princeton) about the transformation of low-status occupations to "cool," cultural taste-making jobs. My overall research and teaching interests include urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work, and research methods (especially qualitative methods).
Urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work, and research methods (especially qualitative methods)