Associate professor of sociology, Brooklyn College
Gregory Smithsimon is associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is the author of September 12: Community and Neighborhood Recovery at Ground Zero (NYU Press), about the role of public space in redevelopment conflicts in Lower Manhattan after September 11, 2001. He is also author, with Benjamin Shepard, of The Beach Beneath the Streets: Contesting New York City’s Public Spaces (SUNY Press), on protest movements and New York’s privately owned public spaces. He is currently completing Liberty Road: African American Middle-Class Suburbs Between Civil Rights and Neoliberalism, a study of how suburban space reframes political conflicts for middle-class African Americans, and a book on social causality for Melville House Press. His most recent research project was a study of race and racism in Paris.
Research Interests: Public space, disaster and displacement, suburbs, race in comparative perspective.
Tenure: 2016 – Present