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The Journey from Coursework to Dissertation


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Join two postdoctoral fellows from the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies for an in-dept discussion on how to connect coursework to the dissertation proposal, and to develop and complete a successful dissertation! Drs. Broege and Clay both conduct research in the field of educational inequality, using innovative methods that shed new light on this longstanding set of problems.


Dr. Nora Broege received her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic inequality, sociology of education, and quantitative methods. Her dissertation, Race and the Subjective Experience of Schooling: Micro-Sociological Explanations of Adolescent Achievement, is a multi-method study of 200 high school students. Her primary method, a time diary technique, allows her to track her students throughout their daily routines, across company and context. Her findings posit explanations of the racial/ethnic academic achievement gap grounded in self-reported socioemotional experience as well as traditional performance.

Dr. Kevin L. Clay is a native of New Jersey where he attended the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, earning his PhD in Educational Theory, Organization, and Policy. Kevin’s research derives form his experience facilitating youth participatory action research in a youth pre-college program, where he explored how young people negotiated political views in relation to questions of race/ism, inequality, and social change. For his study, he was awarded the 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.


Practices and Perils in Bridging Academic and Public Scholarship

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, PhD
Social Scientist & Anthropologist
Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado is a social scientist and an anthropologist at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM, Brazil). Previously, she was a Lecturer at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, and held visiting positions at University of São Paulo and Harvard University. She is the author of the award-winning book Counterfeit Itineraries in the Global South (Routledge 2017) as well as numerous peer-review journal articles. With Dr. Lucia Scalco, Pinheiro-Machado has been carrying out ethnographic research on the ‘politics of the poor’ since 2009. They are currently completing a book manuscript entitled: From Hope to Hate: Poverty and Politics in Brazil’s Lula and Bolsonaro. Funded by the Australian Research Council, she is part of a team examining the new consumer practices in the Global South (Mexico, Brazil, China, and the Philippines). Pinheiro-Machado also acts as a public intellectual and writes for The Intercept Brasil.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Dana Room
Rutgers University – Newark


Geci Karuri-Sebina, PhD
Research Associate, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation
Associate, South African Cities Network


About Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina:

Geci Karuri-Sebina is an African urban dweller and thinker. Professionally, she was most recently the Executive Manager: Programmes at South African Cities Network, a peer-based think tank established by South Africa’s largest cities to focus on improving urban development and governance. Geci holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning, and in Architecture & Urban Design, both from UCLA, and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand (planning and innovation systems). Her interests span a range of development foresight, policy, planning and practice topics, particularly relating to urban governance, the built environment and innovation systems. She has over two decades’ experience working and publishing in these fields, including co-editing the Innovation Africa book series (Emerald Books 2016, 2019).

About the GUS Brown Bag Series
GUS (Global Urban Studies) Brown Bag Series is an opportunity for GUS doctoral students to meet with prominent scholars and practitioners in an intimate setting, and to discuss and dialogue about research and practice, that of the invited guest(s) and their own.




Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Dana Room
Rutgers University – Newark


René Kreichauf, PhD
Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium


Refugees in the City:
The Role of Refugees in the Reconfiguration of the Urban and the Dwvelopment of Local Asylum


This presentation exemplifies how the city, its institutions, and society shape the arrival of refugees and how refugee migration impacts and reconfigures the urban. It focuses on current conflicts between national politics, local response, and immigrants’ interests in the US and the EU in the field of immigration and asylum to illustrate that the recent arrival of refugees push local administrations, communities and organizations to develop progressive strategies and policies of compassion contrasting hostile state politics. Its main argument is that the arrival of refugees results in the rescaling of the urban and the re-positioning of the city as both an actor in immigration debates and as a context to study immigration processes.


About the GUS Brown Bag Series
GUS (Global Urban Studies) Brown Bag Series is an opportunity for GUS doctoral students to meet with prominent scholars and practitioners in an intimate setting, and to discuss and dialogue about research and practice, that of the invited guest(s) and their own.


A Conversation on Race, Education and Democracy in Urban America


Thursday March 8, 2018
Paul Roberson Campus Center 255-257
Rutgers University – Newark

The Honorable Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, Newark, NJ
Domingo Morel, PhD, Author of Takeover: Race, Education and American Democracy, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University – Newark
Moderator: Christina Greer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Fordham University


Spatial Negotiations:
Inscribing Nation and Islam in Public Space


Bülent Batuman, PhD
Chair, Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


Tuesday, February 21, 2018
Turricula Seminar Room (CLJ 395)
Rutgers Law School
123 Washington St
Newark NJ 07102


Throughout the world, state-led undertakings have shaped the built environment to achieve nationalist representations referring to Islam. The most visible sites of such representations aiming to (re)configure the imagination of people are the public spaces designed to symbolize the nation.

This talk will discuss the cases of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Malaysia and the reconfiguration of public spaces in these countries. Although Islam has played a different political role in each of these cases, seeking globally relevant yet locally effective images referring to Islam has been a common trait in the cities of Ankara, Astana, Ashgabat and Putrajaya.


About Dr. Bülent Batuman
Bülent Batuman studied architecture at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and received his Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art and Architecture from SUNY–Binghamton. He teaches urban design and politics of modern urbanism in the Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Bilkent University, where he is the Department Chair.

His current research focuses on the architectural politics of Islamism in Turkey and his latest book New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey is forthcoming from Routledge. Dr. Batuman is currently a Fulbright scholar at Penn State University.




Friday, December 8, 2017
Dana Room
Rutgers University – Newark


Kusum Mundra, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics
Rutgers University


About Dr. Kusum Mundra:

In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Rutgers University Newark, Kusum Mundra, is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) Bonn, Fellow at the Global Labor Organization, and an affiliated faculty of Global Urban Studies at Rutgers Newark. Much of her research interests focuses on economic issues related to immigration, particularly the role of immigrant social networks. Her other research interests are applied econometrics, nonparametric and semi parametric panel data, terrorism and conflict and gender topics. She has worked on issues ranging from the effect of immigrant networks on immigrant homeownership, role of immigrants’ legal status on homeownership, effect of immigrant diasporas on trade, role of social networks on immigrant earnings, healthcare reforms and access to healthcare for immigrant women, empirical investigation of suicide bombing events and semi parametric panel data estimation. She has published in International Migration Review, Demography, American Economic Review- Papers and Proceedings, Journal of Applied Economics, Review of International Economics, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Terrorism and Political Violence, Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inferences, and the Frontiers of Economics and Globalization – Migration and Culture, among others.

About the GUS Brown Bag Series
GUS (Global Urban Studies) Brown Bag Series is an opportunity for GUS doctoral students to meet with prominent scholars and practitioners in an intimate setting, and to discuss and dialogue about research and practice, that of the invited guest(s) and their own.



Gender, Class, & Race in the Rio de Janeiro Sex Market


Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Dana Room
Rutgers University – Newarka


Thaddeus Blanchette, PhD
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Dr. Thaddeus Blanchette is an anthropologist studying “gringos”, immigration, prostitution, sexual tourism and the trafficking of women in Brazil and has written extensively on these topics for academic journals and popular magazines in Brazil, the United States, and Europe. With his wife and co-researcher Ana Paula da Silva, he has mapped Rio’s commercial sex and tourism industry. He works in tandem with Davida, a local prostitutes’ rights association, Prostitution Policy Watch and the Brazilian Prostitutes’ Network to combat the stigmatization and criminalization of sex workers.


Ana Paula da Silva, PhD
Federal Fluminense University, Brazil

Dr. Ana Paula da Silva is an anthropologist focusing on race, gender, sports anthropology, prostitution, sexual tourism, and trafficking of women. She is also currently the president of the Davida Collective and a member of the Brazilian Anthropological Association’s Sex and Gender Issues Board. She has published several articles in Brazilian, American, and European academic journals regarding prostitution, race and the trafficking of women. During the World Cup, her book Pelé and the Mutt Complex (EdUFF) won an award for being one the most relevant football-related academic theses of the last ten years in Brazil.


Global Urban Futures:
Inclusive Cities in Theory and Practice


Friday April 26, 2016
Paul Roberson Campus Center 255-257
Rutgers University – Newark


A conference funded by Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA), co-sponsored by Global Urban Studies @RU-N (Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems), Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolital Studies, Center for Migration and the Global City, and Chancellor’s Seed Grant Program.



Keynote Panel:
Cross-Institutional Partnerships to Build Inclusive Cities

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University – Newark
Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Moderator: Shirley M. Collado, Executive Vice Chancellor, Rutgers University – Newark


The Arts in Urban Activism

Aimee Cox, Fordham University
Kimberly DaCosta Holton, Rutgers University – Newark
Tim Raphael, Rutgers University – Newark
Lillian Ribeiro, Montclair State University
Moderator: Ian Watson, Arts, Culture, Media, Rutgers University – Newark


Civic Engagement in Cities:
Participation, Politics, and NGOs

Sean Mitchell, Rutgers University – Newark
Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira, PAY-Namibia
Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University
Celina Su, CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College
Moderator: Mara Sidney, Rutgers University – Newark


Education & Inequity:
A Comparative Perspective

Thea Abu El-Haj, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Elise Boddie, Rutgers School of Law – Newark
Dana Burde, New York University
Reva Jaffe-Walter, Montclair State University
Moderator: Jamie Lew, Rutgers University – Newark