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.


Write to for the Zoom link to join any of our 2020-21 grad talks!

This year our series, hosted by our 2020-21 Graduate Fellow Irteza Binte-Farid (PhD candidate in Anthropology and Education), 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.   


The Effect of a Death-in-Police-Custody Incident on Community Reliance on the Police


Presenter: Ruth Moyer, PhD in Criminology

Neighbors, Nightclubs, and Noise: Sound and Urban Relations in Mexico City


Presenter: Elizabeth Bynum, PhD Candidate, Music and Anthropology

Discussant: David Gouverneur, Associate Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture


Public Shaming and Social Policing in Republican Rome


Presenter:  Jordan Rogers, PhD Candidate, Ancient History

Discussant: David Grazian, Professor of Sociology and Communication, Faculty Director of Urban Studies


The Urbicidal Violence of Massive Infrastructural Construction in Lahore


Presenter: Fatima Tassadiq, PhD Candidate, Anthropology

Discussant: Francesca Ammon, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation



Seeing Like a Bureaucrat: property and the construction of urban space


Presenter: Indivar Jonnalagadda, PhD Candidate, South Asia Studies and Anthropology

Discussant: Debjani Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor of History, Drexel University

Urban Gay Culture and the Active Accomplishment of Community


Presenter: Tyler Baldor, PhD Candidate, Sociology

Discussant: Jason Orne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Drexel University


Land. Body. Prison. Dream. Freedom. - Scape

A Discussion on Visualizing Urban Violence

Presenter: Leniqueca Welcome, PhD Candidate, Anthropology

Discussant: John L. Jackson Jr., Dean, Annenberg School for Communication


The Politics of Informal Urban Growth

Measuring the Global Relationship between Clientelism and Informal Urbanization

Presenter:   Chandan Deuskar, Doctoral Candidate, City and Regional Planning

Discussant:   Mariaflavia Harari, Assistant Professor, Real Estate Department


A Trans Ecology for Harlem: Speculative Planning and the Poetics of Environmental Design


Davy Knittle,  Ph.D. Candidate Department of English

Akira Drake Rodriguez, Lecturer Department of City and Regional Planning


Georgia O’Keeffe, Sky-shapes, and the Limits of the City


Lee Ann Custer, PhD Candidate History of Art

Eugenie L. Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research & Education

Bullets, Books, and Brotherhood: Grief and Recovery in an Urban All-Boys High School after Three Fatal Shootings of Friends


Presenter: Nora Gross, Ph.D. joint-degree candidate in Sociology  and the Education, Culture, and Society program at Penn GSE

Discussant: Sara Jacoby, Assistant Professor, Nursing, University

When “Place” Meets Community Philanthropy: Exploring The Place Dilemma and Value Creation Beyond Generosity

Presenter: Viviana Chiu-Sik Wu, PhD Candidate in Social Welfare

Discussant: Michael X.

Which School Districts Are Credit Constrained in Their Efforts to Invest in School Infrastructure? Evidence from a Natural Experiment.

Presenter: J. Cameron Anglum, PhD Candidate in Education Policy

Discussant: Robert Inman, Professor of Finance, Business Economics, and Public Policy

Breafast treats, coffee, and tea in the URBS space, Room 130 McNeil!

Activist Populations and Possibilities for Organizing in High-Poverty Urban Neighborhoods

Presenter: James Morone, PhD Candidate in Political Science

Discussant: Rand Quinn, Associate Professor of Education

Breafast treats, coffee, and tea in the URBS space, Room 130 McNeil!