Urban-Focused Spring 2021 Courses

South Asian Migrations / URB 378 ARC 344 SAS 378 HUM 378

Shoshana Goldstein, Princeton Mellon / Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies Fellow

This course will engage students in the study of South Asian urban migration, including its diverse forms, causes, challenges, as well its cultural, political, economic, and spatial implications for social organization and city planning. Students will investigate international migration and the South Asian diaspora, as well as internal migration, including the challenges of achieving local citizenship for the working poor in cities, and the ongoing divide between rural and urban places as sending and receiving locations in South Asia and the Global South more broadly. Students will learn about the experiences of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Dubai, South Asian diasporas in New York, Toronto, suburban New Jersey, London, Cape Town, Delhi, Karachi and Mumbai, as well as in other cities and regions. Click to register.


Living Room: Gender, Cities, and Dissent / ARC 580 HUM 580

Sophie Hochhäusl, Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism + the Humanities

How are our own identities constructed in the world, and which categories among gender, sexual orientation, and kinship are fixed? How might some of these become altered by our experiences in the world and modes of making ancestors? How do we personally negotiate these categories in private and public while recognizing difference, intersectionality, and gender fluidity? Where are moments of friction and resistance, that urgently require our imagination to design new forms of being together?

This seminar engages students in an analysis of architectural and urban writing through the lens of queer, feminist, and trans theory focusing on networks of people in the production of space who have organized around issues of gender. The course takes the poetry of American-Caribbean professor, writer, and activist June Jordan as its point of departure, arguing that her concept of “living room” theorizes true places for encounter that provide safe spaces to probe writing and speaking against the imposition of others. A focus on bibliographies (and autobiographies), as well as individual and collective writing assignments, will allow student to approach and reflect on a body of scholarly work while writing from their own identity. Click to register.


Critical African Studies / AFS 450

Halimat Somotan, Princeton Mellon / Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies Fellow  

Critical African Studies is a colloquium designed as a capstone course for African Studies Certificate students. The course is designed to introduce students to cutting-edge scholarship in African Studies. Students engage with African Studies scholars from Princeton University and beyond. In addition to attending the African Studies Lecture Series and Works-in-Progress series, students in Critical African Studies will workshop their junior or senior independent research. This capstone course is open to junior and senior certificate students and must be taken to fulfill the African Studies Certificate requirements. Click to register.


Urbanization and Development / SPI 540

Devanne Brookins, Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism + the Humanities

This course examines the histories, processes and nuanced dynamics that contribute to the making of cities in the Global South. We explore central debates in the study of these cities across geography, urban studies and planning, and development studies. Students deepen their understanding of the Global South, how it is conceptualized and what this means for urban development, while identifying patterns and specificities across the comparative contexts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ultimately, we consider how these actors are, or should be considered, in policymaking and planning interventions in the Global South. Click to register. 


Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure: Environmental Challenges of Urban Sprawl / ARC 492 URB 492 ENV 492

Mario I. Gandelsonas, Princeton Mellon Initiative Primary Investigator; Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture; Professor of Architecture; Director, Program in Urban Studies 

As part of the search for solutions to climate, water and energy challenges in a rapidly urbanizing world, it is crucial to understand and reassess the environmental challenges and potential of the exurban wasteland. This interdisciplinary course aims to add theoretical, pragmatic and cultural dimensions to scientific, technological, and policy aspects of current environmental challenges, in an effort to bridge the environmental sciences, urbanism and the humanities focusing on the transformation of the Meadowlands, the large ecosystem of wetlands, into a State Park. Click to register.


Interdisciplinary Design Studio / ARC 205 URB 205 LAS 225 ENV 205

Elisa Silva, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

The course focuses on the social forces that shape design thinking. Its objective is to introduce architectural and urban design issues to build design and critical thinking skills from a multidisciplinary perspective. The studio is team-taught from faculty across disciplines to expose students to the multiple forces within which design operates. Click to register.


Wall Street and Silicon Valley: Place in the American Economy / ARC 303 URB 303 EGR 303

Aaron P. Shkuda, Princeton Mellon Initiative

This course examines two places that play an outsized role in the American economy: Wall Street and Silicon Valley. They are distinct and similarly enduring locations. They embody a divide between urban and suburban, East Coast and West Coast, skyscrapers and office parks, tradition and innovation, conservative and liberal. What makes these places endure? How do their histories, architecture, economic dynamics, and distinct cultures shape them as places? Particular attention will be paid to the changes to white collar work and the challenges to the importance of place caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click to register.


Additional Urban Focused and Cross-listed Courses

ANT 223 / AMS 223 / AAS 224 / URB 224 / Policing and Militarization Today / Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús and Laurence Ralph

ANT 227 / URB 225 / Urban Anthropology / Mark Drury

ARC 546 / URB 546 / Technology and the City: The architectural implications of networked urban landscape / Andrew Laing

HIS 418 / URB 418 / Imagined Cities / Gyan Prakash

HUM 352 / ENG 252 / URB 352 / THR 350 / Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy, Performance / Nathan Davis and Donald Vance Smith

JRN 449 / HLS 448 / URB 447 / International News: Reporting on Rising Nationalism in Europe / Joanna Kakissis

LAS 217 / POL 271 / URB 217 / ANT 397 / Culture, Politics, and Human Rights in Latin America / Marian Thorpe

SOC 210 / LAS 210 / URB 210 / LAO 210 / Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas / Patricia Fernández-Kelly

URB 201 / SPI 201 / SOC 203 / ARC 207 / Introduction to Urban Studies / M. Christine Boyer

URB 202 / JRN 202 / LAO 232 / Documentary Film and the City / Purcell Carson

AAS 350 / SOC 362 / Rats, Riots, and Revolution: Housing in the Metropolitan United States / Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

CEE 477 / ENE 477 / Engineering Design for Sustainable Development / Siavash Isazadeh and Catherine Peters

GEO 360 / ENV 356 / Geochemistry of the Human Environment / John Higgins

CEE 311/ CHM 311/ GEO 311/ ENE 311 / Global Air Pollution / Mark Zondlo

ENV 303 / EEB 303 / Agriculture, Human Diets and the Environment / Daniel Rubenstein

ENV 305 / SAS 315 / Topics in Environmental Studies: Co-existing with Complexity: Present and Possibilities for Environment / Jessica Seddon

GEO 202 / Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate / Staff

GEO 366 / ENV 339 / SPI 451 / ENE 366 / Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, Policy / Michael Oppenheimer

NES 221 / JDS 223 / Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives / Jonathan Gribetz

AAS 359 / ENG 366 / African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present / Kinohi Nishikawa

AMS 403 / Advanced Seminar in American Studies: Fixing A Bug in Democracy: The Math and Practice of Fair Redistricting / Samuel Wang

ENG 326 / The 17th Century: Early Modern Amsterdam: Tolerant Eminence & the Arts / Nigel Smith

ENG 399 / Multicultural London: The Literature of Migrants and Immigrants / Esther Schor

HIS 459 / GSS 459 / AMS 459 / The History of Incarceration in the U.S. / Wendy Warren

LAS 412 / ENV 414 / ANT 329 / Amazonia, The Last Frontier: History, Culture, and Power / Miqueias H. Mugge

LAS 416 / HUM 416 / ART 416 / Reading the Landscapes of Colonial Latin America / Noa E. Corcoran-Tadd

POL 340 / The Politics of Policing / Jonathan F. Mummolo

POL 344 / AAS 344 / Race and Politics in the United States / Ismail White

POL 351 / SPI 311 / LAS 371 / The Politics of Development / Atul Kohli

SLA 420 / ANT 420 / COM 424 / RES 420 / Communist Modernity: The Politics and Culture of Soviet Utopia / Serguei A. Oushakine

SOC 307 / SPI 308 / Contemporary China / Yu Xie

SPI 409 / Modern India: Political Economy Since Independence / Ashoka Mody