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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 political economy, popular culture, and postcolonial urbanism. Her book, "A Man among Other Men: The Long Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism," is under contract with Cornell University Press. 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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Fall 2020

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

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

Spring 2021

  • SISU-340 Topics in Global Inequalty/Dev: The Modern African Metropolis

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