Assistant Professor of Sociology
In my work on San Francisco, I study public discourses and relationships between residents and institutional stakeholders. The redevelopment agency, real estate companies, corporations and the Navy all have a stake in the timely cleaning up of the environmentally toxic Hunters Point shipyard, redevelopment and the accompanying process of gentrification. Within public discourses around protest lie power struggles among neighborhood residents about how bodies negotiate dynamics in meetings over the future of their life in the neighborhood. I use public meetings to analyze the body as the central signifier of institutionalized social relations within a field of power (Adelman and Ruggi 2016:909[i], Foucault 1975[ii]).