• Urban Anthropology — Baruch College, CUNY– (Spring 2015) Course Description: What are the forces shaping urban change? Are these changes ‘inevitable’? Why do people live in cities, migrate to them, or leave them at particular historical moments? What makes a space ‘public’? In this class we will explore the nature of cities, public spaces, and the social forces at work in processes of urban change. Many of our readings will focus on New York City and will take up contemporary political issues and struggles. We begin by asking questions about what makes a city and how to define the ‘urban.’ We approach these topics through methodological and theoretical questions about how to study cities. These preliminary readings and discussions will be followed by classes focusing on contemporary topics such a gentrification, mass incarceration, urban protest, and urban poverty. We will explore these topics through classic texts from urban studies and urban anthropology, as well as through films, news article and literature.”
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology — Baruch College, CUNY — (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014) Course Description:Cultural anthropology is the study of how humans organize and understand their lives and the world around them. Classically anthropologists have studied cultures through the analysis of beliefs, behaviors, rituals, symbolic systems, and social structures. Anthropologists, like other social scientists, make observations and build theories to understand how societies structure the lives of individuals and how, in turn, individuals act in accordance with or in resistance to those structures. Critical approaches in contemporary anthropology are concerned with issues of how power, oppression and inequality are produced and perpetuated through race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. In this course we will work in this contemporary ‘critical tradition’ and we will explore these topics by reading classic anthropological texts, contemporary social theory, fiction, as well as through multi-media & documentary films.  This course will give students a basic understanding and grounding in some of the major debates, methods, concepts and objectives of contemporary anthropological inquiry.”