María José Álvarez Rivadulla is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology area at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author of Squatters and the Politics of Marginality in Uruguay (Springer, 2017), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. As Tinker Visiting Professor, she will co-teach, with Professor Javier Auyero (Sociology) the graduate seminar Urban Inequalities in the Americas (and Beyond): Configurations and Experiences. The course puts research and ideas on Latin American cities into dialog with research from the United States and beyond. Among other questions, the course examines the fact that in Latin America, class is the main cleavage determining residential choices and constraints for city dwellers. This is in contrast to cities the global North, where race and migration are the main factors.
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