2019 CUSS Awards

Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Distinguished Career Achievement

Anne B. Shlay, Georgia State University

Robert E. Park Book Award co-winners

Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson. 2018. Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

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Esther Sullivan. 2018. Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Jane Addams Article Award

Papachristos, Andrew and Sara Bastomski. 2018. “Connected in Crime: The Enduring Effect of Neighborhood Networks on the Spatial Patterning of Violence.” American Journal of Sociology 124:517-568.

CUSS Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner: Zachary Hyde, University of British Columbia. 2018. “Giving Back to Get Ahead: Altruism as a Developer Strategy of Accumulation Through Affordable Housing Policy in Toronto and Vancouver,” Geoforum (online ahead of print)

Honorable mention: Christine Jang-Trettien, Johns Hopkins University, “Social Structure of the Informal Housing Market”

The awards will be presented at the CUSS Business Meeting and Award Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10 @ 3:30-4:10pm in the Empire Ballroom East on the Second Floor of the Sheraton New York (though double check final program to verify location). Please join us to celebrate!

NEW COVER: City & Community

Kyle Galindez
University of California, Santa Cruz

Steven Schmidt
University of California, Irvine

Interview with Deirdre Oakley, Editor-in-Chief, City & Community

CUSS Newsletter, 2019 Spring, Vol. 32, No 2

-City & Community recently debuted a new cover for the March 2019 volume. What motivated the redesign?

When I became editor in 2018, the original cover design was 16 years old and I thought it was time for a new look. I also found out that Wiley, our publisher, would work with me and my on-site editorial staff on a new design free-of-charge. At the time, the Section’s Chair (Miriam Greenberg) and Publication Committee’s co-chairs (Heather MacIndoe and Japonica Brown-Saracino were supportive of the idea), as was ASA.

-Can you tell me about your editorial vision for the new cover?

There is a form of cityscape art called original line/pencil illustration or rendering. I was familiar with British Illustrator Abi Daker’s work (http://www.abigaildaker.com) and found it inspiring. This is because, symbolically, the contributions to City & Community ‘draw’ cities and the communities within them (both past and present) to reveal unique visions of previously uncovered productions.

One of the urban themes I learned when I was pursuing my master’s degree in geography in the early 1990s was that of the city as a palimpsest. This historic word originally referred to the reuse of parchment for the written word during the 1500s. Basically, with parchment, the previous text — while erased – bled through the new text. We could liken this practice today to what happens with graffiti. But back to history, the term palimpsest began to be used more broadly in the realm of urbanism to illustrate the multiple layers of the city, whether it’s about changes over time, the way different groups perceive their city, placemaking and de-placemaking, infrastructure, inequality (ethnic, racial or socioeconomic), as well as how such aspects of the urban environs are imagined. While it’s virtually impossible to convey the city palimpsest surface in a static cover design, that’s the foundational idea behind our new cover: a rendering of some generic city in line/pencil illustration form, which fades into the distance representing the present, past and future. Fortunately, we had the option for two colors to distinguish the journal title from the artwork.

The Wiley design team is confined to working with stock art (no this is not Daker’s work!), so it took some back and forth to get the image in line with what I wanted it to convey. They did a great job, for which we are all very appreciative. I am also grateful for the quick turn-around time for cover redesign approval by our Section leadership as well as the ASA.

On behalf of the entire on-site GSU Editorial Team, I’ll just say we hope you all like our new cover!

Mentorship Sessions at ASA 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

This is the last call for participants for the mentoring sessions for the ASA annual meeting in NYC! 

Thanks to all who have already signed up. Our team will begin matching folks soon, but we want to give one last chance to anyone else. Perhaps your schedule shifted and you’ll be attending? Perhaps you know a grad student whose paper was accepted and can now participate?

Fill out the form (CLICK HERE) by Friday, May 31st, and we’ll find a place for you.

Jon Wynn and Albert Fu

Chair’s Message (Spring 2019)

Rachel Dwyer
Ohio State State University
2019 Spring, Vol. 32, No 2

This spring has brought me occasions to reflect on mentoring and public engagement as a bedrock of our activities as scholars and, when done well, a source of great meaning, connection, and fulfillment. One of those occasions has been the energy around mentoring in the Section. I’m proud to be part of the Community and Urban Sociology tradition of strong mentoring. We have several initiatives this spring that reflect and build on this tradition. Recently, a call went out to continue our highly successful mentoring meetings, initiated two years ago. We encourage senior volunteers to mentor junior scholars at the upcoming ASA meeting in New York, and we encourage all junior scholars interested in making mentoring connections to sign up to be matched with a more senior scholar. We are planning mentoring activities at the preconference, with more information to come this summer.

We are also proposing an amendment to our bylaws to create a formal “Mentoring Committee,” in order to further support and develop the work of the section. This proposal was developed under Chair Miriam Greenberg’s term, and as a result of research done by the Membership committee and an ad hoc Mentorship committee. The proposal to put the bylaws on the ballot was approved by the 2017-2018 Section Council and at the 2018 section business meeting at the ASA. I encourage all members to vote yes to the bylaw amendment to create a Mentoring Committee to continue to build on the energy and commitment to mentoring in our section. This initiative supports our current members, draws in new members as a major recognized benefit of this section, and builds community by connecting members to each other.

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Call for Applications: Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice

Methodologies for Housing Justice:
A Summer Institute for Movement-Based and University-Based Scholars

The Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice brings together movement-based and university-based scholars to address key needs and gaps in housing and planning research. A part of the Housing Justice in #UnequalCities Network, which is housed at the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and supported by the National Science Foundation, this class advances research methodologies that tackle pressing housing issues and build power for advocacy and community organizations.

The course will be led by Ananya Roy, Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy and Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography at UCLA, and Raquel Rolnik, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, and former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. They will be joined by movement-based and university-based scholars who will lead different modules of the class, including Benjamin Dulchin, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, New York; Melissa García Lamarca, People’s Debt Diaries and Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability; Terra Graziani, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Shayla Myers, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; Yusef Omowale, Southern California Library; Amy Ritterbusch, UCLA.

Summer Institute goals: Examine the structural mechanisms of dispossession and displacement in unequal cities, such as financialization, and cover the methodologies needed to pinpoint, analyze, and expose these mechanisms.Study and implement the use of data and research to support forms of resistance, to contribute to public pedagogy, and to generate alternative housing and planning policies and programs.Think through the politics and ethics of data including who collects and controls data and how data is used and for what purposes.Adopt a comparative and transnational approach to housing research by thinking from Los Angeles and learning from struggles in other parts of the world.Participants should come prepared with key questions they would like to explore in the conversation around housing justice. Working in small groups, participants will put together a Methodologies for Housing Justice Resource Guide. This open-access volume will be a critical resource for defining housing justice as a field of inquiry. 

Location: University of California, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Community Action Network.

Summer Institute dates: Participants are expected to be in class 9:00 am–5:00 pm each day for the duration of the five-day Summer Institute (August 5–August 9, 2019). Continued work on assignments is expected through the following week and a final project will be due on August 16, 2019.

Funding and credits: Tuition will be waived for all accepted Summer Institute participants; enrollment is limited to 30 people. Limited fellowship stipends are available for participants involved in movement-based work. Arrangements may be made for UCLA students to develop this work further and receive academic credits.  

Eligibility: Graduate students, early career investigators, and movement-based researchers.

Application deadline: May 15, 2019

Applicants notified: May 24, 2019

Apply here
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