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Achille Tenkiang '17, Urban Studies certificate recipient who will serve as the newest Young Alumni Trustee after winning election. 

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Achille Tenkiang selected as Young Alumni Trustee
The Daily Princetonian


Simon Gikandi

Simon Gikandi,  Professor of English and Associated Faculty Member, Program in Urban Studies, received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.







Alissa-Lopez-SerfozoTwelve Princeton undergraduates will pursue internships and conduct research internationally this summer as Streicker Fellows.

The Streicker International Fellows Fund was established in 2015 to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to carry out substantive research or educational projects while immersed in a foreign culture. The fellows are selected by Princeton's Office of International Programs.

Alissa Lopez Serfoza was selected and is a junior from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in architecture and working toward a certificate in urban studies. Serfozo will intern for Puhl and Dajka Architects in Szentendre and Budapest, Hungary, where she will contribute to projects that consider the adaptive role of contemporary architecture and its relation to traditional Hungarian aesthetics.



Douglas MasseyThe Society for Applied Anthropology has awarded Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Jorge Durand Arp-Nisen of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, the 2018 Bronislaw Malinowski Award in recognition of their 30 years of work on the Mexican Migration Project, which examines the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The pair will be honored at the 78th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology to be held in Philadelphia in April 2018.



Three Princeton seniors, one alumna win Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Charlotte WilliamsWilliams, of Princeton, is a concentrator in anthropology and is pursuing certificates in archaeologyLatin American studies and urban studies. She will study for a master's degree in archaeology in the Archaeological Heritage and Museums Track at Cambridge. With an interest in becoming a museum curator, she hopes to use her fellowship year "to broaden my understanding of the role of museums both past and present in shaping public perceptions of culture," she wrote in her application. After Cambridge, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology with a focus on pre-Columbian art.

Her interest in archaeology began in Princeton's Bridge Year Program — a yearlong tuition-free community service program for accepted students prior to beginning their freshman year on campus. During that year, she volunteered with ProPeru, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on development projects, and had the opportunity to shadow a group of archaeologists who were working to shield sites from degradation.

At Princeton she has taken a wide range of classes in material culture and cultural heritage. In summer 2014, she took "Archaeology in the Field," an excavation class in Greece taught by Nathan Arrington, assistant professor of art and archaeology, and director of the Program in Archaeology.

"Charlotte always exceeded expectations, in the classroom and in the field," Arrington said. "Her work in seminar stood out for its depth, creativity and clarity. She also shone as a student in 'Archaeology in the Field,' and she returned [the following summer] as a supervisor, which is a position normally reserved for graduate students. A natural leader who guides with easy grace, she supervised workers and students and oversaw some very complex archaeological situations."

Williams also held summer internships at the Penn Museum of Anthropology and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Outside the classroom, Williams has served as captain of the mock trial team; staff writer for the student-led magazine Princeton Traveler, peer representative for students who are accused of violating Princeton's honor code; residential college adviser in Forbes College, one of Princeton's six residential colleges; member of the Department of Anthropology's Undergraduate Advisory Group; member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, a group of undergraduates dedicated to the study of the humanities; and tutor with Princeton Tutoring.
Full story:  http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/72/68O82/?section=topstories


Students selected as 2017 Scholars in the Nation's Service
Newby PartonJohn "Newby" Parton, a junior from McMinnville, Tennessee, is a Wilson School concentrator and a certificate candidate in values and public life and in urban studies. Parton has focused his academic work on the judicial branch and public service journalism. In summer 2016, he participated in an international seminar in Rome on the history, sociology and policy implications of ghettos. Parton has worked with the Office of Religious Life to help establish a program that partners Princeton students as mentors to young refugees resettled in Trenton. He has worked as a dormitory assistant, tour guide, economics tutor and a counselor for a STEM camp serving minority and low-income students. Parton is an editor for The Daily Princetonian, the president of Speak with Style and the treasurer of a debate group. For the full article visit:


Carvalho_book_2016New publication co-edited by Princeton-Mellon Initiative’s Bruno Carvalho. Look for related programming at Princeton University later this academic year.

Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the implications of mega-projects connected to Rio's transformation for the 2016 Olympic Games. Contributions from literary critics, historians, anthropologists, architects, media theorists, geographers and urban planners tell the story of how these changes to the cityscape have kindled citizens’ hopes and aspirations for their “right to a future” and chronicle the ways in which citizens have contested the futures being imposed on them. Anticipating the city yet to come, these essays also point to the potential for activism and protest to transform the Olympic legacy into different, more democratic, futures. While focused on Rio, Occupy All Streets offers critical insights for other cities experiencing wide-ranging challenges and facing far-reaching urban reforms. Editors Bruno Carvalho, Princeton University
Mariana Cavalcanti, State University of Rio de Janeiro Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli, Spitzer School of Architecture/City College of New York.

Contributors: Bruno Carvalho, Mariana Cavalcanti with Julia O’Donnell and Lilian Sampaio, Gabriel Duarte with Renata Bertol, Beatriz Jaguaribe with Scott Salmon, Guilherme Lassance, Bryan McCann, Theresa Williamson, and Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli.

For more information, visit Terraform/UR’s website at http://www.urpub.org/books/olympicurbanism#


PFKPatricia Fernández-Kelly has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2015 C. Wright Mills Award for her book, The Hero’s Flight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State.
Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Associated Faculty in the Urban Studies certificate program. The Society for the Study of Social Problems notes that “this award is one of the most prestigious, coveted, and competitive awards given in the social sciences.”


Douglas MasseyDouglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Director, Office of Population Research. Director, Program in Population Studies. Director, Program in Urban Studies received the 2016 John Hope Franklin Prize by the Law and Society Association. It is an annual prize that recognizes an exceptional article in the field of Race, Racism, and the Law. The article is entitled "Race, Space, and Cumulative Disadvantage: A Case Study of the Subprime Lending Collapse," and it appears in our May 2015 Issue of Social Problems at http://socpro.oxfordjournals.org/content/62/2/186



Lu Lu '16 - Urban Studies graduate senior thesis: Sustainable building with bamboo






Azza Cohen '16 - Urban Studies graduate named to Princeton Board of Trustees

2016 Urban Studies Certificate Program Graduates

2016 Urban Studies Thesis Prize Winners




Harold James Urban Studies Associated Faculty member - Appointed Historian at International Monetary Fund - See more at...




Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin

Congratulations to Urban Studies senior, Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin has been named a 2016 Marshall Scholar. Berdahl-Baldwin, a history major from St. Paul, Minnesota, plans to complete a master's degree in history at the University of Manchester and for her second year, an M.Sc. in comparative social policy at the University of Oxford. http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S44/82/99M40/index.xml?section=topstories


Congratulations to Azza Cohen, Urban Studies senior, who has been named a George J.Mitchell Scholar to study in Ireland next year. She will pursue a master's in culture and colonialism as part of her interest in becoming a "visual historian." http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S44/84/66K37