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Sharon Zukin
Position: Broeklundian, Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College|Graduate Center
Phone: (718) 951-4639 (BC), (212) 817-8792 (GC)
Room Number: 6110, The Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Political science, Columbia
Research Interests: Urban change; gentrification; consumer culture
Since graduate school, I have moved from the political sociology of socialist states to the political economy of capitalist cities. My first research project in New York, which produced the book "Loft Living," started a lifelong commitment to documenting and analyzing how this city changes over time, usually by making detailed observations of, and interviews in, local communities.

Besides gentrification in New York, I have written about deindustrialization and regional landscapes across the U.S., regional change in France, and how citizens experienced socialism in the former Yugoslavia.

I have published articles with students at the Graduate Center, most recently an analysis of Yelp reviews of restaurants in Bed-Stuy and Greenpoint that shows Yelp reviewers as "discursive investors" in racially-inflected gentrification. With students I have also carried out intensive studies of the reshaping of neighborhood shopping streets by globalization and gentrification.

I am now trying to understand the formation of New York's "creative ecosystem" and what that means for the city's future.

Recent Publications:
  • Sharon Zukin, Philip Kasinitz, and Xiangming Chen, "Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai" (New York: Routledge, 2016)
  • Sharon Zukin, "Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Spaces" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Sharon Zukin, “Detroit: Whose Crisis? Whose Creativity?,” in Dave Jordano, ""Detroit Unbound"" (Brooklyn NY: PowerHouse Books, 2015)
  • Sharon Zukin and Greg Smithsimon, “The City’s Commons: Privatization vs. Human Rights,” in ""The Future of Human Rights in an Urban World,"" ed. Thijs van Lindert and Doutje Lettinga (Amsterdam: Amnesty International Netherlands, 2014), pp. 41-44
  • Sharon Zukin, “Loft Living Grows Up: From Artists’ Studio to Global Brand,” introduction to 25th anniversary edition of Loft Living (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014)

Affiliated Programs:
  • Sociology