Sophie Gonick

IPK Fellow

Sophie Gonick joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in Fall 2015 as a Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master in City Planning (M.C.P.) from the Department of City & Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.B. from Harvard University. While at Berkeley, she taught on urbanization and housing policy in both the North Atlantic and the Global South. Committed to interdisciplinary methods of inquiry, Dr. Gonick is interested in race and gender, populism and popular protest, property regimes, and activism across Southern Europe. Her recent research examines mortgage lending and financialization, immigrant activism, and contemporary urban mobilizations in Spain. She has also written about squatting and urban informality in Madrid, including the article ‘Interrogating Madrid’s Slum of Shame: Urban Expansion, Race, and Placed-Based Activism in the Cañada Real Galiana,’ in Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. Her work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Gonick is the 2016 recipient of The International Planning History Society’s Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the field of planning history.

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