Miriam Greenberg, Ph.D.

University of California, Santa Cruz
Associate Professor & Director of Urban Studies Research Cluster
Department of Sociology

Dr. Miriam Greenberg is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Urban Studies Research Cluster at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (Routledge, 2008; winner of the 2009 Robert Park Award for the best book in urban sociology) and Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford, 2014, with Kevin Fox Gotham). Connected to CCREC's focus on interrelated crisis,  the latter book highlights how pre-existing and emerging contradictions in New York and New Orleans —namely socio-economic, environmental, and spatial inequality; uneven exposure to risk; and uneven forms of post-disaster redevelopment— helped turn discrete disasters into longer-term crises with highly unequal effects, particularly along lines of race, class, and neighborhood.  Through her multi-campus UC research group Critical Sustainabilities, Greenberg explores varying discourses and practices of "urban sustainability" in California; as well as creative political responses on the part of new sustainability activists and coalitions throughout the state.

Urban studies, environmental studies; media and cultural studies, critical geography, social theory, crisis and sustainability, and comparative research in New York City, New Orleans, Buenos Aires, and California.

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