Graduate Colloquium

The Urban Studies Graduate Colloquium series provides an opportunity for graduate students who are affiliated with the Urban Studies Certificate Program to come together, share their work, and get feedback from a discussant who represents a different discipline from their own.

This year our series, hosted by our 2022-23 Graduate Fellow Michael Brinley (PhD candidate, History), will represent a wide spectrum of departments and topics focusing on how young scholars are thinking through ideas of urban space, both in the US and internationally. What is considered urban, how ideas of the urban shifts due to broader sociocultural changes, and how individuals and communities police space are all topics that will open up new ways of thinking about space. Scholars will also consider how their research on urban spaces have changed due to the effects of a pandemic.   


Persistently mixed-income neighborhoods and the role of planning and housing policy: A study of Philadelphia


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Speaker: Yeonhwa Lee, PhD Candidate in City and Regional

"A Very Racist Neighborhood:" Reputation, Stigma, and Narrative Framing in a Chicago Neighborhood


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McNeil Building 414, Urban Studies space
3718 Locust Walk

Speaker: Andres Villatoro, Ph.D. Student, Sociology 

'Slavs Only': Understanding the Spatialization of Race in Urban Russia


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Speaker: Mariana Irby, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Interest in Anthropology of the state, citizenship, urban studies,

Poverty's Capital; the Social Construction of Savings in Early New York


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McNeil Building 414
3718 Locust Walk

Speaker: Anders Bright, third-year Ph.D. student studying early American intellectual, cultural, and

Marx and Reparations: Moral and Non-Moral Arguments


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McNeil Building 4th floor
3718 Locust Walk

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Designers, Ecosociologists, Human Geographers, and Urban Ethnographers

A New Wave of Soviet City Planning Expertise, 1968-1975

Speaker: Michael Brinley: PhD Candidate, History Department

Discussant: Domenic Vitiello, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and City Planning


Translanguaging in Classrooms with Multilingual Speakers


Speaker: Shiyu Jiang || PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Educational Linguistics at GSE

Discussant: Dr. Kate Menken || Professor of Linguistics and TESOL, Queens College

The Relationship between Historic Redlining and Modern Zoning in Major US Cities


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Presenter: Chris Quattro, PhD candidate, City and Regional Planning

BIPOC Community Engagement in Community Media


Presenter: Antoine Haywood, PhD candidate, Annenberg School for Communication

Discussant: Aaron Levy, Senior Lecturer, English and History of Art