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Jordanna Matlon Assistant Professor School of International Service

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

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 "Story of a Minor Term: Racial Capitalism and Imaginaries of Black Masculinity 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).
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Spring 2020

  • SISU-360 Topics in Iden/Race/Gend/Cultr: The Postcolonial City

  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Seeing Africa

Fall 2020

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

  • SISU-397 SIS Honors Colloquium: Race in World Political Econ