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Critical Sustainabilities: Competing Discourses of Urban Development in California
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Urban sociology, geography, urban environmental studies, urban political ecology, disaster and crisis, sustainability studies, media and cultural studies, social movements, social theory, and the social, cultural, and environmental history of New York City, Buenos Aires, and California.
Biography, Education and Training
2000 - Ph.D. Sociology with Highest Distinction, City University of New York.
1986 – B.A. Urban Studies with a minor in Media Studies, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Social Research.
Miriam Greenberg is associate professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research interests include a range of areas related to, and at the intersections of, urban studies, cultural studies, and the study of place, space, and the environment. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and is the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (Routledge, 2008), and Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford, 2014). Since 2013, she has been directing the Critical Sustainabilites project, which can be found at: https://critical-sustainabilities.ucsc.edu/
Honors, Awards and Grants
- 2014. U.C. Humanities Research Institute: Residential Research Group, UC Irvine, in "Urban Ecologies."
- Present-2010. Faculty Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California.
- 2010. Winner of the Robert E. Park Book Award for Branding New York: How a City in Crisis, from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.
- 2013-12. University of California’s Humanities Research Institute, California Studies Workgroup Grant for “Critical Sustainabilities: Analyzing Competing Discourses of Urban Development in California.” $18,000.
- 2014. Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans. Oxford University Press. Co-edited with Kevin Fox Gotham.
- 2008. Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World. Routledge.
- Forthcoming. The City is the Factory: Social Movements in the Age of Neoliberal Urbanism. Cornell University Press, Co-edited with Penny Lewis.
Chapters in Books
- 2015. "The Sustainability Edge: Crisis, Competition, and the Rise of Green City Branding," in Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice. Cambridge University Press.
- 2010. "Luxury and Diversity: Re-branding New York in the Age of Bloomberg," in Blowing up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. Peter Lang.
- 2007. "Marketing the City in Crisis: Branding and Restructuring New York City in the 1970's and Post 9/11 Era," in Consuming the Entrepreneurial City: Image, Memory, Spectacle. Routledge.
- 2014. "The Disaster Inside the Disaster: Hurricane Sandy and Post-Crisis Redevelopment." New Labor Forum.
- 2013. "What on Earth is Sustainable? Toward Critical Sustainability Studies." Boom: A Journal of California.
- 2008. "From 9/11 to 8/29: Post-Disaster Response and Recovery in New York and New Orleans." Social Forces. Co-authored with Kevin Fox Gotham.
Public Lecture or Forum Participation
- 2013. Talk in honor of David Harvey for "Social Justice and the City 1973-2013: 40th Anniversary Celebration", for the Graduate Program in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design and The Center for Place Culture and Politics, City University of New York.
- 2011. "The Abandoned Movie Set: Art, Space, and the Politics of Crisis in 1970s-Era New York City." Talk given for workshop "Cultural Landscapes of Boom and Bust" for the “Creative City Limits: Urban Cultural Economy in a New Era of Austerity” conference. Department of Geography, University College London.
- 2011. "Seminario Abierto: Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World." Área de Estudios Urbanos del Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani de la Facultdad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Papers Presented at Professional Meetings
- 2015. “Challenging Uneven Development: Right to the City Organizing in the Wake of Disaster,” for the Community Responses to Disaster and Crisis Panel, Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, New York City.
- 2015. Presider, “Presidential Session: Loft Living: Twenty-five Years Later” In honor of Sharon Zukin's book. Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, New York City.
- 2013. "Critical Sustainabilities: Competing Discourses of Urban Development in California", for the Sustainable California? Panel at the American Association of Geographers in Los Angeles.
- 2012. "Landscapes of Risk and Resilience: The Socio-Spatial Production of Environmental Crisis in the U.S. and Latin America." RC24 panel: "Current Research in Environmental Sociology," International Sociological Association.
- 2012. "New Urban Imaginaries in the Branded City: Towards a Critical and Comparative Approach." RC21 panel: "The role of design and social justice in 21st century cities: Paradoxes and challenges." International Sociological Association, Buenos Aires.
Courses TaughtSOCY 105A Classical Sociological Theory
SOCY 260 Culture, Knowledge, Power
SOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society
SOCY 177 Urban Sociology
SOCY 177E Eco-Metropolis
SOCY 177G Global Cities
SOCY 131 Media, Marketing, and Culture
SOCY 201 The Making of Classical Theory