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Jordanna Matlon

Assistant Professor School of International Service

Dr. Matlon is an urban sociologist interested in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, class, and national identity – illuminates our understanding of popular culture, postcoloniality and neoliberalism in the contemporary city. Her current research examines the livelihoods and lifestyles of men on the urban periphery. Her book manuscript (in process), is tentatively titled "'I Will Be VIP!': Racial Capitalism and Imaginaries of Blackness from Colonialism to Crisis." In it she investigates the relationship between masculinity, work, and globalization in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Dr. Matlon's work appears in American Sociological Review, Antipode, Poetics, Ethnography, Contexts, and the Black Scholar, among other places. Prior to joining SIS, Dr. Matlon was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (France).

Degrees

PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley BA, Urban Studies, Columbia University

Office
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 346
Contact Info
(202) 885-6720

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Teaching

  • Spring 2017

    • SISU-340 Topics in Global Inequalty/Dev: Racial Capitalism
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    • SISU-360 Topics in Iden/Race/Gend/Cultr: The Postcolonial City
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  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-635 Adv Topics in Development Mgmt: Urban Development
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