Morgan L. C. Buck

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Research Interests

  • Racism and racial capitalism; landscape; domesticity; public housing and the welfare state; South Africa.

Dissertation Topic: “Domestic Landscapes: Public Housing and the Politics of Home in Johannesburg, 1930–1994”

Advisor: Ruth Wilson Gilmore

My doctoral research investigates the gendered history of public housing in Johannesburg between 1930 and 1994. Drawing mainly on Black feminist and postcolonial theory, I attend specifically to how material and discursive struggles around family housing contributed to unsettling and re-articulating racialized constructions of women, family, and urban space. This research speaks to a broader academic and political interest in repositioning gender alongside race as central the production of cultural landscapes, and in foregrounding women’s histories and political subjectivities in the study of state formation. My current research interests, combined with my background in political economy and rural sociology, inform my teaching practice in the Urban Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning departments at Queens College and Hunter College.