Research

My book, The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States, was published in September 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press. It examines how housing insecurity becomes organized as an object of knowledge and intervention. imageI am especially interested in the ways in which racism and poverty are made productive in the context of urban neoliberal service and knowledge industries, including social services and social sciences.

I have a published a few pieces on housing insecurity and the homeless services industry, as well as articles and essays on a variety of other topics, including critical race theory and LGBT social movements, mass media and war, queer art, and theories of the public sphere. Links and downloadable pdfs are in the Writing section of this site.

I am currently at work on two new projects, one on race, sexuality, and culture in the 1990s, and one on the city as war.