Race, Class, and Civic Life

Race is a fundamental component of American urban life.  It winds through our politics, culture, institutions, and civic life, and shapes the everyday relations between people on the city streets.  Since I wrote my dissertation, much of my work has focused on the ways that race—as much as class, gender, sexuality, and other lived and embodied experiences—has shaped the practice of planning since its origins.  At the same time, I am interested in the multiform efforts of diverse peoples over time to build resilient communities, demand justice, and define alternatives. By shaping a collective memory of an anti-racist “struggle for the city,” we create a trove of wisdom and experience on which to draw.