Alumni

Andrew Newman '01, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University

Andrew Newman graduated from Bard in 2001 with a major in Anthropology and is now Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University. His senior project, "Urban Like a Jackalope: Culture, Capital, and the Remaking of Downtown Houston", was written under the supervision of Prof. Mario Bick and sparked his interest in urban ethnography. He pursued his doctoral training at the CUNY Graduate Center under the supervision of Prof. Ida Susser.

His graduate fieldwork, funded by the National Science Foundation and the City of Paris Science Council, focused on environmental and urban politics in Paris' predominately West African and Maghrebi neighborhoods. The resulting dissertation, "Landscaping Discontent: Space, Class, and Social Movements in Immigrant Paris" won the CUNY Graduate Center's Naclerio Dissertation Award in Urban Studies. Upon completing his PhD in 2011, Andrew joined the faculty of Wayne State University's Department of Anthropology where he is helping to develop an Anthropology of the City initiative focusing on Detroit. He is currently at work on a book manuscript that examines the relationship between France's post-colonial cultural politics and the "greening" of Paris' immigrant neighborhoods.