Welcome to my website. Here you will have access to my papers, newspaper articles and interviews, courses I teach, and projects I am working on. You will also be able to enter the busy world of the Urban Ethnography Lab and explore The Other Side of Austin collective project.
I am the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long professor in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin. My main areas of research, writing and teaching are poverty and marginality, political ethnography, and urban violence. My interest in modern forms of social suffering led me to a collaborative comparative study of contaminated communities in the Americas and, together with a group of graduate student at UT, to an examination of the daily, and often invisible, predicament of those living at the margins of my home town, Austin.
I am the author of Poor People’s Politics (Duke University Press, 2000) Contentious Lives (Duke University Press, 2003), Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Patients of the State (Duke University Press, 2012). Together with Débora Swistun, we co-authored Flammable. Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (Oxford University Press, 2009). Together with María Fernanda Berti, we co-authored In Harm’s Way. The Uses and Forms of Interpersonal Violence at the Urban Margins (Princeton University Press, 2015).
I was the editor of journal Qualitative Sociology from 2005 to 2010, and I am the current director of the Urban Ethnography Lab at UT-Austin.