Erin’s doctoral dissertation examines race and place, everyday resistance to neoliberalism, and the struggle for housing through a historical-materialist framework by using residential oral histories and archival data in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This work, in part, seeks to situate gentrification processes as an ongoing form of racial capitalism.
In addition to her doctoral research, Erin has taught in the Urban Studies department at Queens College and as a Writing Fellow at Kingsborough Community College. Additionally, she held a Graduate Research Fellowship working with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s Center for the Future of Places reviewing academic literature in geography and anthropology for the Public Space Database Project. Erin is associated with CUNY’s Center for Human Environments as a Research Associate for the Public Space Research Group and previously worked as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project with the Housing Environments Research Group studying the impacts of Community Land Trusts on disrupting systemic inequalities.
Research interests include: political economy and Marxian frameworks, race and neoliberal policies, black radical resistance, housing financialization and debt leveraging, neighborhood change and gentrification, affordable housing, public space, relational social politics, place identity, place attachment, and dwelling.
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Setha Low (chair), Dr. Dana-Ain Davis, and Dr. Cindi Katz