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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Esther Sullivan

M.A. Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Esther Sullivan


Esther Sullivan is currently a University of Texas Powers Fellow and a Hogg Foundation Moore Fellow. Her research interests include urban sociology, inequality, poverty, and housing. Her work uses both ethnographic methods and geospatial (GIS) analysis. Her dissertation "Manufactured Insecurity: Eviction and Forced Relocation in Manufactured Home Parks" is a mixed-method project that documents and analyzes the mass evictions that result when mobile home parks close. Living full time in closing mobile home parks across Texas and Florida, this dissertation examines the effects of forced relocation on individuals and communities. Her work has been published in Law & Social Inquiry (forthcoming) and Habitat International.


urban sociology, inequality, poverty, housing, ethnography, geospatial (GIS) analysis

SOC 308 • Intro To Urban Problems

46297 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm UTC 1.144
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 This course provides an introduction to urban sociology with a focus on urban problems.  Discussions and class lectures will focus on urban spaces as built environments, cultural spaces, sources of community, and political economies.  Specific topics will include fundamentals of urban sociology, race, and residential segregation, suburbanization immigration, gentrification, crime and policing. The course will focus on U.S. cities.

Required Texts:

Gottdiener, Mark and Ray Hutchson,  The New Urban Sociology, Westview Press 4th edition, 2011.

Course packet

Grading Policy:

Four exams 25% each

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