Kathleen Dunn, Ph.D.
Title/s: Assistant Professor
Specialty Area: Urban studies; race, class, gender and sexuality; new labor studies.
Office #: Coffey Hall 435
Dr. Kathleen Dunn received her Ph.D in Sociology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on inequality and social justice in the fields of urban sociology, race, class, gender and sexuality, and new labor studies. She is interested in the institutional arrangements that sustain injustices and how people work collectively to contest and transform them.
Dr. Dunn is currently at work on a manuscript based on her multi-year study of criminalization and gentrification within the street vending industry in New York City. She carried out participant observation and interviews with the members and staff of two street vendor worker centers comprised largely of first generation immigrants, and also conducted interviews among predominantly native-born owners of gourmet food trucks. The research documents how thousands of the city's immigrant street vendors join community-based labor organizations in response to the criminalization they encounter working in public space, while gourmet food truck owners work to legitimate street vending as both an innovative brand-building strategy and conduit for small business development. Dr. Dunn details how the governance of street vending in New York intensifies inequalities among vendors, facilitating the gentrification of one of the city's most precarious retail sectors.
Ph.D, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, 2013
M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford, 2006
B.A., French Language and Literature, University of Montana, Missoula, 1998
Dunn, Kathleen. 2015. “Flexible Families: Latina/o Food Vending in Brooklyn, New York,” in Urban Street Vending in the Neoliberal City: A Global Perspective on the Practices and Policies of a Marginalized Economy, edited by Kristina Graff and Noa Ha. Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Dunn, Kathleen. 2014. “Street Vendors In and Against the Global City: VAMOS Unidos,” in New Labor in New York: Precarious Worker Organizing and the Future of Unionism, edited by Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Dunn, Kathleen. 2010. “Biological Determinism and LGBT Tolerance: A Quantitative Exploration of Biopolitical Beliefs.” Western Journal of Black Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 3, 365-377.
Attewell, Paul, Philip Kasinitz and Kathleen Dunn. 2010. “Black Canadians and Black Americans: Racial Inequality in Comparative Perspective.”Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 33, No. 3, 473-495.