I am an urban geographer and artist based in Barcelona, having formerly lived in the United States, Mexico, and England.
From 2014 to 2019 I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), and was appointed as doctoral faculty in Human Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2015. I was also an affiliated faculty member of the MFA in Social Practice program of the Queens College Art Department and the Queens Museum, and founder and co-Director of the City Lab at Queens College (2014-2018). In the 2018-2019 academic year I was Visiting Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Humanities and Global Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
My academic work focuses on the transformation of post-industrial districts and urban infrastructure, political debates about urban heritage and preservation, gentrification, and the spatial and cultural politics of urban transformation in Britain, the United States, and Spain. My teaching has focused on social inequality, contemporary urban theory, gentrification, urban modernity, political ecology, urban planning and politics, with an overall focus on geography from a social justice perspective.
I grew up in the New Haven, CT area and am a first-generation college graduate. Coming of age in a place where income equality is so stark and spatially delineated led me to want to study issues surrounding social justice and urbanism.
Since 2007, a sustained focus of my interest has been the spaces and landscapes of industrial-era urban infrastructure(s), their representations, and their centrality in contemporary urbanism. Along these lines, in recent years I have been exploring the implications of Victorian-era elevated railways on the post-industrial transformation of British cities, as well as the local and global impacts of infrastructural re-use projects including the High Line in New York City. I am currently expanding this work to look at the high line effect elsewhere in North America and Europe. I argue that a “high line” is no longer a proper noun, but a new typology of linear parks along infrastructural corridors, and am examining what impact the high line effect has on socio-spatial inequality in cities.
I am interested in the experience of the city, urban imaginaries, and of thinking of the built environment as an artifact of social relations. I come from a background in urban planning and geographical political economy, but am also greatly interested in debates around the impacts of culture, aesthetics, representations and discourse in socio-spatial change. I try to work with, and make my research available to, activists involved in urban social movements.
Many of the research themes that capture my interest overlap with my arts practice. I have exhibited my photographic work extensively in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Mexico, and have experience as an urban planner, museum educator and curator. Aside from my individual creative work, I had a longstanding photographic collaboration, Site Unseen, with artist Adam Ryder.
This site is an attempt to highlight my academic and creative work. Since they often overlap, this is an imprecise endeavor and these projects often defy easy categorization. I am okay with that.
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