Student and Alumni Research

Allison Suppan Helmuth (MA'13)

Urban sociologists and gentrification scholars have long been interested in examining the combination of structural and micro-level forces that result in the displacement and exclusion of low-income residents from changing neighborhoods. However, the types of everyday activities and the social and spatial practices that exclude residents who remain in these neighborhoods are an understudied part of the gentrification story. How are exclusive spaces created? What are the specific social processes that lead to exclusive space? I draw on in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork to examine how white residents in a historically black neighborhood claim space through their everyday actions and interactions. These space-claiming practices are at times subtle and at times overt, but often draw on a repertoire of physical, mental, and social practices that combine to create spaces that exclude black people—including long-term black residents, black gentrifiers, and black visitors to the neighborhood—from public space. 

For more on this topic, you can read Allison's piece "Chocolate City, Rest in Peace" here.

Congratulations to all of our distinguished students and alumni who have worked tirelessly to publish research. Below you will find some of the pieces from our students and alumni. Make sure to check back frequently for new pieces!


Allison Suppan Helmuth. 2019.  "“Chocolate City, Rest in Peace”: White Space-Claiming and the Exclusion of Black People in Washington, DC."  City & Community 18:3 doi: 10.1111/cico.12428. 

Ivy Ken and Allison Suppan Helmuth. 2021.  “Not Additive, Not Defined: Mutual Constitution in Feminist Intersectional Studies.” Feminist Theory (online first). https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700120987393.

León, Kenneth S. and Daniel E. Martinez. 2016. To Study, to Party, or Both? Assessing Risk Factors for Non-Prescribed Stimulant Use Among Middle and High School Students. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 49(1): 22-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2016.1260187 2015 

León, Kenneth and Ronald Weitzer. 2015. Marijuana Legalization: Comparing Recent Ballot Initiatives. In J. Hill and N. Marion (eds.) Legalizing a crime: Marijuana policies across America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. (Book Chapter) 

León, Kenneth and Ronald Weitzer. 2014. Legalizing Marijuana: Comparing Ballot Outcomes in Four States. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology 2(2): 193-218. (https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/63482/)