transatlantic researcher, urbanist, comparativist, immigrant
Immigration & Citizenship
Comparative Political Institutions
State and Local Politics
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Fordham University – Rose Hill campus. I am also an Associated Researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin, and a non-resident fellow on Global Cities with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. My research and teaching focus on urban politics, the politics of immigration (in the U.S. and Germany), qualitative methods, urban economic development, poverty, and minority politics. My first book, Turkish Berlin: Integration Policy and Urban Space (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) compares integration policy and lived integration of second generation Turk-Germans in two Berlin neighborhoods. I find that the neighborhood itself functions as an important intermediate identifier between the parents’ homeland and the second generation’s country of birth for the “lost” second generation. I identify the neighborhood, as well as “lived” strategies of immigrants as a crucial means of identity formation and place-making in the integration process. I have also published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and co-edited a special issue on North American Urban Politics in Urban Research and Practice (2013). Together with Dennis R. Judd, I am the co-author of the 10th edition of City Politics: The Political Economy of Urban America. I am also currently working on a comparative book project about large-scale urban development projects in Berlin, New York City, and Vancouver.