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Sophie Gonick

Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Office Address: 

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003



Areas of Research/Interest: 

Global urbanism, post-colonial and feminist urban theory, activism, migration, housing and property regimes, race and gender, debt and finance, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.


Committed to interdisciplinary methods of inquiry, Gonick is interested in race and gender, property regimes, and activism across Southern Europe and Latin America. Her recent research examines mortgage lending and financialization, immigrant activism, and contemporary urban mobilizations in Spain. She has also written about squatting and urban informality in Madrid, including the article ‘Interrogating Madrid’s Slum of Shame: Urban Expansion, Race, and Placed-Based Activism in the Cañada Real Galiana,’ in Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. She has published in top planning and geography journals, including Society and Space and IJURR: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research. She is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled City of Property, City of Protest: Madrid, 1939-2014. While at NYU she will play an active role in developing urban humanities across the College of Arts and Sciences and the University.

Prior to joining SCA, Dr. Gonick was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. At Berkeley, she served as the coordinator for the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). She received the 2016 Anthony Sutcliffe Memorial Award for best dissertation, awarded biennially from the International Planning History Society.


Anthony Sutcliffe Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation; European Commission Grant; Simpson Fellowship, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley; Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council

Updated on 11/14/2016