Catherine FennellAssistant ProfessorAnthropology957 Schermerhorn Extension, Mail Code: 5523, United StatesPhone:+1 212 854 4552
My work examines the cultural transformation of the American welfare state and the effects of this transformation on the politics of citizenship, belonging and race within redeveloping cities. Through my ethnographic research, I focus on how large-scale changes in the urban built environment shape the ways in which urbanites come to understand social difference, and practice new forms of social care, concern and intimacy. In particular, I am interested in how the sensory and affective qualities of everyday urban life cultivate personal attachments to a place, as well as compel private commitments to the people associated with that place. My doctoral research investigated Chicago's ongoing public housing reforms as a policy experiment that conjoins the palpability of past and impending state failures to provide for citizenry well-being with the potentials of "post welfare" forms of social belonging. My research plans include continued work on this project, as well as research on the ethics of "green" urbanism and sustainable urban redevelopment movements in the United States.
[/forthcoming/] " 'Project Heat' and Sensory Politics in Redeveloping
Chicago Public Housing,"/Ethnography/.