To advance the growing field of urban humanities, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative offers a year-long fellowship to visiting scholars, architects, critics, curators, and artists, providing an opportunity to engage in urban research with support from academic resources across campus. Mellon Fellows teach courses and conduct research in an inter-disciplinary manner with departments outside their field.
The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities invites the University community to attend an afternoon lecture delivered by current Princeton-Mellon Fellow Sarah Lynn Lopez titled, "Architecture, Migration and Cities: A View from the Mexican Remittance Landscape and Beyond," in conversation with Curt Gambetta. Please register here.
Sarah Lopez is a built environment historian, as well as a migration scholar. Her current research focuses on the impact of migrant remittances—dollars earned in the U.S. and sent to families and communities in Mexico—on the architecture and landscape of rural Mexico and urban USA. By approaching architectural history within the context of migration, Lopez examines multiple sites across international borders, arguing that we must examine the spatial and built environment histories of discrete places simultaneously. Her book entitled, The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA (link is external)was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015. (link is external)
Broadly speaking, she teaches about U.S. cultural landscapes, the interface between migration, architecture, and cities, the use of interdisciplinary methods to study space and society, and world architectural history. She also teaches about how to incorporate ethnographic methods into built environment research.