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