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