Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published.

“The limits of liberal recognition: Racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and environmental governance in Vancouver and Atlanta” by Dr. Tyler McCreary

In his recent article, Dr. McCreary argues that political ecologists must contend with the limitations of institutionalised recognition of historically marginalised communities in North American environmental governance. He argues that institutionalisation of such concern, while putatively redressing injustices or reconciling dispossession through environmental governance, functions more to elide historic drivers and geographic processes of marginalisation than to disrupt white supremacy and settler colonialism.

“Intersectionality and equity: Dynamic bureaucratic representation in higher education” by Dr. Daniel Fay

In his recent article, Dr. Fay examines the representation effects at the intersection of race/ethnicity and sex and in previously, but no longer, disadvantaged client groups. He also argues that if bureaucratic representation is viewed as a quest for equity, then representation will decline as disadvantaged client groups approach equity in policy outcomes. Using panel data for US higher education, this study highlights the importance of intersectional representation in bureaucratic organizations. In three of the four race/ethnic/sex combinations, students perform better in the presence of faculty who match them intersectionally (in the fourth case, race but not sex matters).

“After the Life of LGBTQ Spaces: Learning from Atlanta and Istanbul” by Dr. Petra Doan

In her recent book chapter, Dr. Doan examines the origination of gay villages in two understudies areas: Atlanta and Istanbul. The “in-betweenness” of these cities, linking south and north as well as west and east, makes them a haven for queers and others fleeing the conservative surroundings in the search for more attractive and welcoming places for marginalized LGBTQ individuals. This chapter relies on the authors’ lived experiences, prior research, and additional interviews to conduct a relational reading of queer spaces with emphasis on the ways that LGBTQ people circulate and congregate in a wider range of urban areas.

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