Local Governance (PMAP 4301)

Georgia State University: Spring 2020 / Spring 2021

Urban governance comprises the various forces, institutions, and movements that guide economic and physical development, the distribution of resources, social interactions, and other aspects of daily life in urban areas. This course examines governance from legal, political, social, and economic perspectives. In addition, we will discuss how these structures constrain collective decision-making about particular urban issues.

Global Urban Trajectories (URB 8020)

Georgia State University: Spring 2020 / Spring 2021

This course provides students with an understanding of the development of cities across time and space. Discussions compare and debate urban processes from indigeneity to the mega-cities of the twenty-first century. The course involves intensive examination of three inter-related topics: (1) the political economy of development and globalization, inequality and injustice across time and space; (2) specific manifestations of urbanization; and (3) contemporary efforts to produce social change around these issues.

Inequality in the U.S. (SOC 101)

Colorado College: Fall 2017 / Fall 2018


Formally Taught As:

     Inequality: The Intersections of Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality (SOC 190)

     Colorado College: Fall 2015 & Fall 2016

     Class, Gender, and Race in World Societies (SOC 203)

     Philadelphia University: Fall 2014


This course examines how individuals are affected by race, class, gender, and sexuality and how the inequalities shape and are shaped by social institutions, including culture, media, education, the economy, and family structure. The purpose of this course is for students to examine their self within their social environments and to critically analyze how we currently and historically have operated in society. Particular focus will be on both oppressed and privileged positions in the social hierarchies; how we learn about our own and others’ race/ethnicity, gender, social class, and sexual orientation; how being a member of particular social category (e.g. a woman or a man; a white person or a person of color, rich, poor, or middle-class, heterosexual or homosexual individuals) affects perspectives and opportunities.

The Development of Social Thought (SOC 228)

Colorado College: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018 / Spring 2019

Formally Taught As:

     Social Theory (SOC 228)

     Colorado College: Spring 2017


This course will attempt to present an overview of social theory in the historical context of its development. Instead of looking at the sayings of famous dead men in the abstract, we will attempt to see what issues in their lives prompted them to develop their theories. In addition to introducing the content of the theories we study, this course has two other objectives. One is to help you learn to think theoretically. This means trying to understand what assumptions you make and what their implications may be, using empirical evidence and logic systematically in order to answer questions of interest, and knowing what makes a question important and how best to ask it. Theoretical thinking is not about some different world from the everyday, practical one in which we live. Rather, it approaches the world in a deeper and more systematic way, giving us a better, and often wider, understanding of how it works, including its effects on us.


Community Development (SOC 290)

Colorado College: Spring 2016 / Fall 2018


The emphasis of this course is to provide an introduction to key community development concepts, why they are important, and how connections among social, cultural, and environmental systems are core to successful community development. A second goal of this course is to provide students with a set of tools to utilize in interacting with people in work, community, or educational settings. It utilizes a variety of techniques to achieve course objectives, such as participatory lecture and discussions, team and class activities, and outside individual assignments. Students are taught to understand and explain how systems form the foundation of community and economic development policy and practice.


Urban Sociology (SOC 324)

Colorado College: Fall 2016 / Spring 2018 / Spring 2019


This course centers on ideas of space, place, and community and relates them to major theoretical approaches in sociology. It explores the history of urbanization and urbanism, how people are socially and spatially organized, how urban life affects social interaction, and the stratification of neighborhoods as it relates to inequality more broadly. Particular attention is paid to place-related topics such as housing, education, employment, crime, development, governance and politics. Cities have played a vital role in the national economy, but within the past few years their importance has increased. From issues of housing affordability to homelessness, from debt crises to energy usage, from insufficient water to the outbreak of diseases, name a problem that concerns any aspect of social life and the city is the crucible where you will find it. On the other hand, cities represent our best hope for finding solutions to these enormous problems since they also serve as incubators of innovation, ideas and wealth creation. It is for these reasons that understanding cities become an important frame for understanding the joys and perils of social life.


Enduring Questions: How Will Technology Change Society?

Georgia State University: Fall 2020 (HON 4500)

Formally Taught As:

     Dystopian and Futuristic Societies

     Colorado College: Spring 2018 (SOC 451)

This course will focus on dystopian and futuristic portrayals of society using Netflix’s Black Mirror. In this course, we will explore how characters in dystopias have been molded by society, and how their actions and thoughts are driven by their experiences in predetermined (and often inflexible) social structures. We will pay particular interest to the interactions between characters, and how those interactions might reflect norms and values of that particular society. Through a combination of visual screenings and complementary readings, we will use what you know as sociology majors to analyze surreal environments, contemporary linkages and cynical viewpoints. Despite its ubiquity, sociology helps us understand the mechanisms by which we all have come to be across time and space.

Power & Protests: Past & Present (GS 100)

Colorado College: Fall 2016


This course focuses on theoretical domains in the political and sociological study of social movements and general social processes rather than on specific movements. Substantive work on specific movements is used to explain issues such as mobilization, tactics, and ideology, as well as how the social context in which a movement takes place matters. Social movements are critical for understanding some of the most central problems in political science and sociology. Who has power and who governs, How are systems of meaning created within political structures and social contexts, and How are these movements similar and different? Although social movements have existed for centuries, during the twentieth and into the twenty-first century, they have become common ways for ordinary people to make their identities known and to elicit legal and economic changes.


Heart of the City: Urban Music, Dance and Culture (GS 100)

Colorado College: Fall 2017

Through Black Feminist and Urban Studies frameworks, this interdisciplinary course examines these and other debates regarding the relationships between ideas about and representations of “the city” or “the ghetto,” race, class, gender, and other social, cultural, and political markers, particularly focusing on the impetuses for and implications of these ideas and representations. This course will explore the revolutionary ways in which music and dance have highlighted and responded to several forms of oppression including violence, identity construction, culture and activism within urban areas.


Basic Methods of Urban Planning (US 50:975:306)

Rutgers-Camden: Spring 2013


This course provides students with an overview of community planning in urban areas at various levels of government. It will begin with a brief historical review of the evolution of urban community planning in the United States, its processes, its participants, various motivations and intents behind such actions, and the implementation of such plans. Each student will be exposed to various planning procedures, data collection, and analysis techniques, evaluate existing conditions and situations, and review historical and contemporary development plans. Current issues in the city of Camden, NJ will be explored as well as the Delaware Valley Region. Such interest in this topic will allow students to become knowledgeable of urban planning not just in the theoretical, but in the practical sense as well.


Housing Policy and Its Impact on Urban Areas (US 50:975:339)

Rutgers-Camden: Fall 2012


This course explores the history of housing policy and its impact on urban communities. It analyzes the development of housing issues and problems in the United States and governmental responses to address such problems. While particular emphasis will be on domestic housing policies, some international cases will be used to demonstrate comparative analysis of housing and its social impact. We will also spend some time in the latter part of the semester exploring some policy solutions to continual housing issues along with its impact on communities on local and regional levels.