Urban Development and Social Change

Program Faculty

John Ameer, Ed.D.
History of American Education, with special emphasis on the complexities of Urban Education
Tel: 1-508-793-7157

Mary-Ellen Boyle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management; Associate Provost and Dean of the College
Specialization: Management
Tel: 508-793-7558

John Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics; Mosakowski Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow
Tel: 1-508-793-7390

Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Geography
Gentrification, urban politics, policymaking, comparative urbanism, critical socio-spatial theory
Tel: 508-793-7291

Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Research methods, gender, law, deviance
Tel: 1-508-793-7529

Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
Tel: 1-508-793-7709

Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, Steinbrecher Fellowship Program
Dr. Krefetz's most recent research is on affordable housing policies in Massachusetts, in several other states, and in Israel. Her other research interests include U.S. urban politics and policies, suburban politics, and women and politics.
Tel: 1-508-793-7300

Bruce London, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Enviroment and society, community, sociology of the Third World, social demography
Tel: 1-508-793-7242

Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Director, School of Geography; Associate Professor, School of Geography
Director of Urban Development and Social Change Concentration
Urban geography, social movements (particularly neighborhood activism), place identity, local politics, legal geography, and qualitative methodologies.
Tel: 508-793-7104

Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research methods, family, aging, medical sociology, social demography
Tel: 1-508-793-7284

Sarah Michaels, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Education; Director, Cultural Studies and Communication Program
Relationships among language, discourse, culture, and schooling; discourse analysis relating to classroom life and learning; teacher research
Tel: 1-508-793-7222

Constance Montross, Ph.D.
Director, Language Arts Resource Center
Dr. Montross is located on the 4th floor of Goddard Library. Constance M. Montross, Director of the Language Arts Resource Center, has been teaching Spanish at Clark since 1984. She did her undergraduate work at Connecticut College and received a master's and doctorate from Yale University. With her colleague, Esther Levine of the College of the Holy Cross, she is the author of 3 editions of an anthology of readings- the most recent edition being Vistas y voces Latinas, Prentice Hall, 2002. In 2001 she received an Outstanding Service Award from Clark University.

James T. Murphy, Ph.D
Associate Professor, School of Geography; Adjunct Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Editor-in-Chief, Economic Geography; Economic geography, technological change, sustainable development, developing economies
Tel: 508-793-7687

Amy Richter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Richter specializes in 19th and 20th century American and cultural history, with an emphasis on women's and urban history. Her teaching repertoire includes the history of American women, U.S. urban history from the colonial era to the 21st century, Gender and the American City, and American Consumer Culture. Her book, Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the Rise of Public Domesticity, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2005. Her current research looks at marriage and the consumer marketplace at the turn of the twentieth century, and she is working on a primary source reader on 19th-century interpretations of home.
Tel: 1-508-793-7216

Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography
Environment and development, political ecology, forestry, agriculture and landscape change, with an emphasis on the role of gender, class and "popular" vs. "formal" science in resource allocation and land use.
Tel: 508-793-7176

Laurie Ross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Associate Director for IDCE Social justice youth development, community based participatory research
Tel: 1-508-793-7642

Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Sociology and The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Labor and labor rights in global context; urban structures; social policy
Tel: 1-508-793-7376

Michael Spingler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Associate Professor of Screen Studies
French cinema

Mark Tigan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Practice of Community Development and Planning Community economics, citizen participation, non-profit governance, sizing public benefits with governmental subsidies, linkages between employment and housing
Tel: 508-421-3839

Rhys Townsend, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Classical art and archaeology, especially Greek architecture; material culture
Tel: 508-793-7689

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Dr. Valsiner is a developmental scientist who is one of the core members of the Socio-Evolutionary-Cultural Psychology Graduate Program (SEC) within the department. He takes interest in the cultural organization of mental and affective processes in human development across the whole life span. Another domain of his research involves psychology's history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline and in theoretical models of how human beings are carriers of culture.