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Teresa Abbruzzese

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Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Office: 767 Ross Building South
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext: 33757
Email: teresa@yorku.ca

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My teaching and research interests weave together critical social, urban, and cultural theory. My scholarly trajectory is fuelled by my passionate interest in investigating urban sociospatial struggles through different lenses.
My current theoretical and empirical preoccupations focus on new urban questions relating to digital city building and the production of smart city narratives.

Along my scholarly travels, I have investigated the politics of road entertainment and struggling mobilities of fairground travelers in Southern Italy; traced Bruce Springsteen’s tracks in his search for place and identity at the heart of his urban narratives and song writing processes; examined sociospatial articulations of neoliberal urbanism by specifically looking at metropolitan governance and social housing issues, as well as suburban sprawl, regional equity, and place-based social movements in North America.

My teaching at the undergraduate level in the Urban Studies program focuses on helping students engage with urban questions and city building processes from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on critical urban theories and methodologies. Central to my work in the program is community engaged scholarship facilitated through different experiential activities, such as: bringing students on neighbourhood walks and site visits; organizing a yearly group fieldtrip; and coordinating student placements and a student mentorship program.

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Degrees

PhD, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
MES (Planning), Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
BA (Hons), Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Urban Planning/Design , Geography, Smart Cities and neoliberal urbanism, Critical urban and social theory, Migration and the Politics of Identity and Mobilities, Feminist and ethnographic research and methodologies

Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4710 6.0 A Urban Field Experience SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies TUTR
Fall 2020 AP/SOSC3701 3.0 A Urban Analysis I SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/SOSC3702 3.0 M Urban Analysis II: Research Project SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4710 6.0 A Urban Field Experience SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies TUTR


My teaching and research interests weave together critical social, urban, and cultural theory. My scholarly trajectory is fuelled by my passionate interest in investigating urban sociospatial struggles through different lenses.
My current theoretical and empirical preoccupations focus on new urban questions relating to digital city building and the production of smart city narratives.

Along my scholarly travels, I have investigated the politics of road entertainment and struggling mobilities of fairground travelers in Southern Italy; traced Bruce Springsteen’s tracks in his search for place and identity at the heart of his urban narratives and song writing processes; examined sociospatial articulations of neoliberal urbanism by specifically looking at metropolitan governance and social housing issues, as well as suburban sprawl, regional equity, and place-based social movements in North America.

My teaching at the undergraduate level in the Urban Studies program focuses on helping students engage with urban questions and city building processes from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on critical urban theories and methodologies. Central to my work in the program is community engaged scholarship facilitated through different experiential activities, such as: bringing students on neighbourhood walks and site visits; organizing a yearly group fieldtrip; and coordinating student placements and a student mentorship program.

Degrees

PhD, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
MES (Planning), Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
BA (Hons), Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Urban Planning/Design , Geography, Smart Cities and neoliberal urbanism, Critical urban and social theory, Migration and the Politics of Identity and Mobilities, Feminist and ethnographic research and methodologies


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4710 6.0 A Urban Field Experience SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies TUTR
Fall 2020 AP/SOSC3701 3.0 A Urban Analysis I SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/SOSC3702 3.0 M Urban Analysis II: Research Project SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4710 6.0 A Urban Field Experience SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2710 6.0 A An Introduction to Urban Studies TUTR