Detroit’s Neighborhoods: Getting by

Detroit’s Neighborhoods: Getting by

As part of the continued and much needed conversation about the state of Detroit 50 years following the 1967 uprising, Eli Newman with WDET invited me to share my research with him for a short segment on the city’s thriving though largely invisible informal economy....
The Local Economy: 50 years later

The Local Economy: 50 years later

In addition to the many local and national conversations about what has and what has not changed in the fifty years following the Detroit rebellion, the Detroit News ran a special issue of the 1967 Detroit uprising. In this issue, journalist Kim Kozlowski spent time...
Michigan Radio Interview

Michigan Radio Interview

Stateside with Cynthia Canty, one of Michigan Radio’s regular programs, invited me to be a part of their Next Idea series which highlights ideas and innovations that help push Detroit forward. My essay, “Detroit’s informal economy could grow if people just had the...
Confessions of a Novice Researcher

Confessions of a Novice Researcher

This is a re-print of a post I recently wrote for the Gender & Society blog about my experience as a qualitative in the field. Original post: here. Ethnographic research is far messier than I anticipated. And harder.  And complicated. And…well, you get the idea....