Research Projects

Research Projects

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Current research projects include:

  1. A proposed major mixed-methods investigation into former Bantustan capital cities in South Africa investigating spatial planning and political economic trajectories (planned dissertation topic);

  2. An inquiry into whether and how Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts, or SAIDs, might supplant or ameliorate international divisions of capital and labor and their associated outputs in regional clusters;

  3. An examination of Johannesburg, South Africa’s Ponte City Tower as physical embodiment of changing governing regimes and resident re-appropriation from apartheid to post-apartheid liberal democracy;

  4. An historical examination of Jane Jacobs’ professional engagement with philanthropy and foundations’ urban development programs, in ways that both shaped/informed her work and the field of urban grantmaking, drawing on comprehensive archival analysis at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC);

  5.  An examination of “special districts” in Colorado in comparison with municipal governments, drawing on theoretical and empirical methods;

  6. An examination of ‘muscle memories’ of violence using a theoretical framework of genre knowledge and the empirical case of South Africa’s COVID response;

  7. An engagement with the photography of South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and his work on securitization in Johannesburg;

  8. An archival, geospatial, and quantitative inquiry into the scope and nature of violence in Tancítaro, Michoacán, México; and

  9. A proposed, mixed-methods investigation into the recombinant spatial form of the former Bantustan in South Africa, looking specifically at the former Transkei and links between planned industry clusters and special economic zones (SEZs) today.