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Curriculum Vitae, March 11, 2015 (PDF download)


EDUCATION

  • 2014: PhD in Sociology, New York University
    • Dissertation title: “Post-City Politics: US Urban Governance and Competitive Multi-City Regionalism”
    • Committee: Neil Brenner, Craig Calhoun (chair), Eric Klinenberg
  • 2008 Master of Science in Planning, University of Toronto
    • Specialization in housing and social policy
  • 2004 Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), McGill University
    • Joint Honours in International Development and Classics; minor in Mathematics and Statistics

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • 2014 – 2016: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (simultaneous appointment)
    • University of British Columbia, Department of Geography

ARTICLES

  • Under review: “Infrastructure Alliances: Geographical Market Making and Multi-City Growth Coalitions”. Under review at Economic Geography.
  • 2008: “Use It or Lose It: Toronto’s ‘Abandonment Issues’ Campaign for Affordable Housing” (with Shiri Pasternak). Critical Planning 15: 7-21.
    • Edward W. Soja Prize for Critical Thinking in Urban Research

EDITED VOLUMES

  • 2011: Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest (edited with Tom Malleson). Toronto: Between the Lines.

CHAPTERS

  • 2015: “Megaregions and the Urban Question: The New Strategic Terrain for US Urban Competitiveness”. In John Harrison and Michael Hoyler eds. Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar).
  • 2012: “Culture, Media and Communication” (with Eric Klinenberg). In Jeff Manza ed. The Sociology Project: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination (New York: Pearson).
  • 2012: “Territorial Competitiveness: Lineages, Practices, Ideologies” (with Neil Brenner). In Bish Sanyal, Lawrence J. Vale, and Christina Rosan eds. Planning Ideas That Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance and Relfective Practice (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
    • Book won 2014 Best Edited Book prize from the International Planning History Society.
  • 2011: “What Is to Be Done, and Who the Hell Is Going to Do It?” (with David Harvey). In Neil Brenner, Margit Mayer, and Peter Marcuse eds. Cities for People Not Profit (New York and London: Routledge).
  • 2011: “Assemblages, Actor-networks, and the Challenges of Critical Urban Theory” (with Neil Brenner and David J. Madden). In Neil Brenner, Margit Mayer, and Peter Marcuse eds. Cities for People Not Profit (New York and London: Routledge).
  • 2010: “Rules of Engagement: Caracas and the Informal City” (with Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner). In Felipe Hérnandez, Peter Kellett, and Lea K. Allen eds. Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives from Latin America (Oxford and New York: Bergahn Books).

BOOK REVIEWS AND SHORTER PIECES

  • 2015: Book review of Dorothee Brantz, Sasha Disko, Georg Wagner-Kyora, (eds.), Thick Space: Approaches to Metropolitanism (Transcript 2011). Urban Studies 52(5): 998-1000.
  • 2014: “Introduction to Henri Lefebvre’s ‘Dissolving City, Planetary Metamorphosis’” (with Neil Brenner). Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(2): 199-202.
  • 2013: “The Fantasy of Disaster Planning: Governance and Social Action During Hurricane Sandy” (with Max Liboiron). Social Text Periscope.
  • 2013: “How Local Governments Hinder Our Response to Natural Disasters”. The Atlantic Cities. October 28.
  • 2013: “The Contradictions of Neil Smith”. City 17 (3): 409-410.
  • 2011: “The State and Its Discontents”. A review of Henri Lefebvre, State Space World (University of Minnesota Press 2008). European Journal of Sociology 52 (3): 497-500.
  • 2008: “Healing Abandonment: When Houses Have No People and People Have No Houses, Use It or Lose It” (with Shiri Pasternak). Progressive Planning 177: 38-41.
  • 2007: “Put Your Money Where Your Carbon Is: The Green Property Tax” (with Daniel Aldana Cohen). In Alana Wilcox, Johnny Dovercourt, and Christina Palassio eds. GreenTOpia: Reimagining Green in Toronto: 54-55. Toronto: Coach House Press.

RESEARCH REPORTS

  • 2013: “A Tale of Two Sandys” (with Superstorm Research Lab). Research report. 22 pages.
  • 2008: “From Abandonment to Affordable Housing: Policy Options for Addressing Toronto’s Abandonment Problem”. Research paper 215. Cities Centre, University of Toronto. November. 54 pages.
  • 2008: “Housing for Immigrants in Ontario’s Medium-Sized Cities”. Research report. Canadian Policy Research Networks. 55 pages.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

  • 2014: “Post-City Politics: Urban Governance in an Era of Growth Coalition Instability”
  • 2014: “Competitive Multi-City Regionalism: A Research Agenda”
  • 2013: “The Multiple Space-times of Disaster: Competing Organizational Responses to Superstorm Sandy” (with Max Liboiron).

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • 2014: Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy research grant
  • 2013: Antipode Institute for the Geographies of Justice, Durban
  • 2013: PSC-CUNY Clearing the Air Award (City University of New York)
  • 2013: Office of Sustainability Green Grant, for Superstorm Research Lab (New York University)
  • 2013: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Authors Meet Critics colloquium
  • 2012 – 2013: Institute for Public Knowledge funding grant, for Superstorm Research Lab (New York University)
  • 2012: Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Zurich
  • 2011: Deans’ Student Travel Grant (New York University)
  • 2010: Department of Sociology summer research grant (New York University)
  • 2009 – 2012: Social Science and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship
  • 2009: Edward W. Soja Prize for Critical Thinking in Urban Research (University of California Los Angeles)
  • 2008 – 2013: MacCracken Fellowship (New York University)
  • 2008: Social Science and Humanities Research Council master’s fellowship
  • 2008: Centre for Urban and Community Studies Award (University of Toronto)
  • 2008: Ian D. Macpherson Award for Excellent Achievement in Planning (University of Toronto)
  • 2008: E.F. Burton and F.W. Burton Graduate Scholarship (University of Toronto)
  • 2007: Peter R. Walker Planning Scholarship (University of Toronto)
  • 2007: Graduate Alpar Grant (University of Toronto)

INVITED TALKS

  • 2015: “Antinomies of the Smart City: The Technology and Politics of Urban Sustainability”, invited contribution to Science Fictions: Smartology as New Urban Utopia international workshop, Technische Universität, Berlin: June 19-20.
  • 2015: “Infrastructure Alliances: Geographical Market Making and the New US Multi-City Regionalism”, invited contribution to Infrastructure Problems and Solutions in the Global Suburb international workshop, University of Waterloo: June 15.
  • 2015: “Theorizing New Urban Form and Process”, keynote presentation at “Abduction: Embracing the Alien Aspects of Social Research” conference, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver: May 9.
  • 2014: “The Storm as a State Project: Disaster Imaginaries and Fantasy Institutions in Post-Hurricane New York”, invited talk in the Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver: October 21.
  • 2013: “Competition Without Growth Machines”, invited presentation at Regional Studies Association International Conference, Los Angeles: December 16.
  • 2013: “Extreme Territories of Urbanization”, round table participant at Harvard University Graduate School of Design: May 8.
  • 2012: “Occupy Wall Street and the Idea of the City”, workshop for University of Waterloo undergraduate architecture class, New York: October 14.
  • 2012: “Realism, Urbanism and Architecture”, panel appearance at Scapegoat journal launch: July 26.
  • 2012: “A History of Urban Metabolism”, workshop for Royal Holloway undergraduate planning class, New York: March 20.
  • 2008: “Housing for Immigrants in Ontario’s Medium-Sized Cities”, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing lunch-and-learn, Toronto: June 25.
  • 2008: “Use It or Lose It: Toronto’s “Abandonment Issues” Campaign for Affordable Housing” (with Shiri Pasternak), University of California Los Angeles, Urban Planning Department: June 10.
  • 2008: “Housing Abandonment in Toronto: Research and Action” (with Shiri Pasternak), Ryerson University, Faculty of Nursing, Toronto: March 14.
  • 2008: “Fighting Abandonment and Taking Back Public Space”, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law: January 26.

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

  • 2015: “Urban Entrepreneurialism in an Era of Growth Coalition Instability”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, Chicago: April 23.
  • 2015: Panelist, “The Entrepreneurial City Reconsidered: New Agendas and Diverse Geographies”, Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago: April 23.
  • 2014: “Competitive Multi-City Regionalism: The Urban Political Economy of the Great Recession”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, Tampa: April 11.
  • 2013: “Looking for Global Cities in the Suburbs: US Competitive Multi-City Regionalism”, A Suburban Revolution? An International Conference on Bringing the Fringe to the Centre of Global Urban Research and Practice, York University: September 28.
  • 2013: “Megaregions and the Urban Question: Rethinking Global Competitiveness”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, Los Angeles: April 11.
  • 2013: “Urbanizing Urban Political Ecology: A Critique of Methodological Cityism”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, Los Angeles: April 10.
  • 2013: “Spatial and Temporal Restructuring of Action After Sandy” (with Max Liboiron), Nature Ecology and Society Colloquium, City University of New York Graduate Center: March 8.
    • PSC-CUNY Clearing the Air Award
  • 2012: “Megaregions and the Urban Question”, Social Science History Association annual conference, Vancouver: November 1.
  • 2012: “Towards a Political Ecology of Urbanization”, Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, Lexington KY: April 14.
  • 2012: “The Dialectic of Town and Country”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, New York: February 27.
  • 2011: “Urban Metabolism and the Ideology of Nature”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, Seattle: April 14.
  • 2011: “City as Ideology”, NYLON annual conference, London: April 2.
  • 2010: “City as Ideology”, Association of American Geographers annual conference, Washington: April 14.
  • 2009: “Abandonment and the Urban Property Regime”, City from Below conference, Baltimore: March 29.
  • 2008: “Housing for Immigrants in Ontario’s Medium-Sized Cities”, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association annual conference, Ottawa: October 18.
  • 2008: “Housing for Immigrants in Ontario’s Medium-Sized Cities”, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association annual conference, Toronto: September 23.
  • 2008: “Planning for Older Adult Clusters in the City of Mississauga” (with other MSc students), Canadian Association of Planning Students national conference, Toronto: February 7.

CAMPUS TALKS

  • 2013: “Social Justice After Hurricane Sandy”, Superstorm Research Lab One Year On public panel, New York University Institute for Public Knowledge: November 11.
  • 2013: “The Spacetimes of Disaster: Government and Community Responses to Superstorm Sandy” (with Max Liboiron), New York University Department of Sociology spring conference: April 19.
  • 2011: “The Toronto G20 and Occupy Wall Street”, book launch for Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest, New York University Institute for Public Knowledge: November 29.
  • 2011: “Urban Metabolism and the Society/Nature Divide”, New York University Department of Sociology spring conference: April 22.
  • 2009: “Vacant Not Empty: The Social Uses of Abandoned Buildings”, New York University Modern Colloquium: April 17.
  • 2008: “Housing Abandonment and the Moral Economy of Urban Planning and Design” (with Shiri Pasternak), University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture: January 24.

TEACHING

  • 2014: “Introduction to Sociology”, adjunct instructor, New York University Department of Sociology.
  • 2012: “Text and Ideas: Antiquity and the 19th Century”, adjunct instructor, New York University Morse Academic Program.
  • 2010: “Sociological Research Methods”, adjunct instructor, New York University Department of Sociology.
  • 2007 – 2008: “Spatial Organization of Economic Activity”, teaching assistant, University of Toronto Department of Geography.
  • 2007, 2008: “Marketing Geography”, teaching assistant, University of Toronto Department of Geography.

RESEARCH

  • 2013: Research assistant for the Rebuild By Design post-Sandy reconstruction federal task force, research phase, New York University Institute for Public Knowledge.
  • 2012 – present: Co-principal-investigator, Superstorm Research Laboratory, New York University.
  • 2012 – 2014: Graduate assistant at the New York University Institute for Public Knowledge.
  • 2011 – 2012: Research assistant at New York University Department of Sociology, assisting professor Eric Klinenberg in the writing of a chapter on the sociology of culture for a multi-author undergraduate textbook.
  • 2011: Research assistant at New York University Institute for Public Knowledge, assisting professor Craig Calhoun in the preparation of an undergraduate sociology textbook.
  • 2008: Research intern at Canadian Policy Research Networks, wrote a 55-page research report on social housing policy for immigrants in medium-sized cities in Ontario.
  • 2007: Research analyst at Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, conducted research and wrote policy proposals for the Municipal Infrastructure Branch.
  • 2006: Research associate at Caracas Urban Think Tank, collaborated on research into the socio-economic organization of Caracas’ slums.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Institutes

2013 – present: Urban Theory Lab-GSD, Harvard University, international advisory board member

Publishers

Reviewer for: Routledge.

Journals

2011 – present: City, assistant editor

Reviewer for: AntipodeCityEnvironment and Planning AEnvironment and Planning D: Society and SpaceInternational Journal of Urban and Regional ResearchPublic CultureSociological PerspectivesThe Sociological QuarterlySustainability;  Territory, Politics, GovernanceUrban Geography;  Urban Studies.

Panels organized

  • 2012: Organizer (with Daniel Aldana Cohen and Stuart Schrader), paper session on “The Urban Question in Retrospect and Prospect”, Social Science History Association annual meeting, Vancouver.
  • 2012: Organizer (with Stuart Schrader), two paper sessions on “Planetary Urbanization”, Association of American Geographers annual meeting, New York.
  • 2012: Organizer (with Stuart Schrader), colloquium series on “Connecting the Abstract and the Concrete: Conversations Inspired by Henri Lefebvre”, New York University Institute for Public Knowledge.
  • 2011: Organizer (with Hillary Angelo and Nik Janos), paper session on “Right to the City, Right to Nature”, Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Seattle.

Discussant

  • 2015: Discussant, paper session on “Repoliticizing the Urban Political”, Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago: April 23.
  • 2014: Discussant, paper session on “Urban Natures: Infrastructure, Ecology, and the ‘Resilient’ City”, Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Tampa: April 12.

Professional association memberships

Association of American Geographers, American Sociological Association, International Studies Association, Regional Studies Association, Social Science History Association.

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

  • 2009 – 2010: Representative, Graduate Sociology Association (New York University)
  • 2007 – 2008: VP Finance, Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (University of Toronto)

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish: Spoken, read and written: fluent
  • French: Read: advanced; spoken and written: intermediate
  • Latin: Read: advanced