Mentors

Daniel SorandoDaniel Sorando has a PhD in Urban Sociology from Complutense University of Madrid. Previously and he earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Granada before earning his Master’s in Population, Society and Territory at Complutense University of Madrid, and another Master’s in Research Methods in Social Sciences at Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Madrid. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, and attended a seminar at the RCC at Harvard University, Cambridge. His research focuses on social structure, residential segregation and urban policies, with a particular emphasis on gentrification processes. In addition to teaching at NYU, he has worked in several R&D projects at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Youth Council of Spain. As a result of his research he has published articles and book chapters in scientific journals and collective works. Finally, he has also presented several papers at Spanish and international academic conferences.


Rebecca AmatoRebecca Amato is a historian whose work focuses on the intersections between cities, space, place, and memory. She holds a PhD in United States History from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and her most recent research engages with storytelling around gentrification and neighborhood change. She has been a staff member and consultant at a variety of history institutions in New York, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, the American Social History Project, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Her writing has appeared in Radical History ReviewCineaste, and New York magazine, and is forthcoming in the People’s Guide to New York City.


Sara Hinkley

Sara Hinkley is the Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. Her research examines the impact of the Great Recession on U.S. city budgets and services. Her research interests include the growing complexity of municipal finance, the relationship between public finance and widening inequality, and the politics of local economic development. At Berkeley, Sara has worked on research projects at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Center for Community Innovation. Before coming to Berkeley, Sara was a longtime researcher and activist in the field of labor, workforce, and economic development policy in California and nationally. She has worked for the California Labor Federation, Justice for Janitors, and Good Jobs First, developing expertise in policies to improve opportunities for low-income people.


Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz was born and raised in Chicago. Prior to graduate school, he spent several years working as a community organizer in the Humboldt Park area. He received his PhD from Brown University in 2015 and a Master’s from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2008. He is also a proud graduate of Northeastern Illinois University. He joined Northwestern University’s Department of Sociology and Latina/o Studies Program in 2016. Michael is also affiliated with the Science in Human Culture program. He is currently working on a book manuscript, based on his dissertation, that investigates the production and use of demographic projections to advance contemporary Latino civil rights agendas. This research provides a productive entry point into emergent political struggles over the so-called “Browning of America.”
 


José Manuel Robles haJosé Manuel Robless an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Philosophy and a PhD in Political Science and Sociology. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of Sociology III at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He is the director of the Masters program in Official Statistics and Social and Economic Indicators which is part of the EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) network of EuroStat. He is also editor of the Spanish Journal of Sociological Research (JCR journal) and member of the research group “Data Science and Soft Computing for Social Analytics and Decision Aid.” His research focuses on the political uses of the Internet and the social consequences of technological development. He works with quantitative data based on surveys and “Big Data.” José Manuel has published more than forty papers in different academic journals and is currently preparing a book for Palgrave Macmillan.


Portrait of Ayasha Guerin in field of flowers

Ayasha Guerin is a scholar and multidisciplinary artist based between Brooklyn and Berlin. Her research explores themes of urban ecology, community and security in public and private space. She is a PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies department, where her work engages questions about the entanglements of race, nature and value on the New York waterfront. She was the 2018-19 Fellow of Urban Practice at The Urban Democracy Lab, formerly a Graduate Fellow at NYU’s Center for the Humanities, and before, the Andrew W. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York.


Photo of Walter Davis

Dr. Walter Davis received his B.A. degree in sociology in 1967 from Tougaloo College, his M.S. in Sociology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1969, his M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1980 and his doctorate in Sociology from Harvard in 1982.  He is currently Professor of Sociology at Tougaloo College, where he instituted the Concentration in Social Work and was founding director of the Sociology department’s Gerontology program.  In addition to his scholarly work, he is a founding director of the Intergenerational Mentoring Program for adolescents and young adults in Grambling, Louisiana. He is the proud father of three children and grandfather of five grandsons.