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Dr. Julian Brash's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of anthropology, geography, and interdisciplinary urban studies. They include urban development and politics, economic development policy, urban neoliberalism, the politics of space and place, urban identity, political economy, aesthetics and design, and the study of North American society and culture.
Dr. Brash's 2011 book "Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City," published by the University of Georgia press, focused on how Mayor Michael Bloomberg's corporate and technocratic approach to urban governance fared in the contentious arena of New York City development politics. His work has been published in Urban Anthropology, City & Society, Urbanities, Critique of Anthropology, Social Text, Cultural Geography, Antipode and in a number of edited volumes. Dr. Brash is the editor-in-chief of the journal City & Society and has held several leadership positions in the Society for the Anthropology of North America.
Dr. Brash's current research focuses on the High Line and other new public parks in New York City. This research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.
At Montclair State University, Dr. Brash has regularly taught Cultural Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, and the Anthropology of Multicultural America. He has also taught an Honors program course on global urbanization and seminars on Occupy Wall Street, the Anthropology of Public Space, and the Anthropology of Space and Place. He is currently the director of the new inter-disciplinary Urban Humanities program.
Before joining the anthropology faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Brash was an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Toledo, where he taught in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, the Department of Geography & Planning, and the PhD program in Spatially Integrated Social Science. He received his PhD from the Anthropology Program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2006. He also holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Haverford College.
Intersection of anthropology, geography, and interdisciplinary urban studies, including urban development and politics, economic development policy, urban neoliberalism, the politics of space and place, urban identity, political economy, and the study of North American society and culture.
- Economic Development
- Urban Development
- Urban Politics
- The High Line Park
- Architecture and Design
- Public Space
Cultural Anthropology, Communities in Transition, and Multicultural America
Expert on urban development and politics, economic development policy, The High Line Park (NY), architecture and design, public space, and Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as Mayor of New York.
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Davidson, E. & Brash, J., Sep 2021, In: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 39, 6, p. 1069-1078 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial
Introduction to City & Society Forum: Best Paper of 2018 Award Winner, Allison Formanack's “This Land is My Land”Brash, J., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In: City and Society.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review