Research Interests: Globalization and Empire, Urban Sociology, Space and Place, Political Sociology, Nationalism, State Formation, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Africa and the Middle East
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Andy Clarno received his MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently working on a book manuscript, /The Empire’s New Walls/, comparing the impact of political and economic restructuring on urban space in South Africa and Palestine/Israel over the last 30 years. Based on extensive ethnographic, photographic, and archival research in Johannesburg and Jerusalem, this project explores: the effects of neo-liberal restructuring on the political transitions of the 1990s; walled enclosures and the politics of security in Johannesburg and Jerusalem; and urban social movements and the struggle for housing. Andy has published two articles based on this research. The first appears in /Political Power and Social Theory /and the second will appear in the forthcoming volume edited by George Steinmetz,/ Sociology and Empire/ (Duke University Press). Andy has also published a photo essay in /Social Psychology Quarterly, /a book review in /City & Community, /and four entries in the forthcoming /Encyclopedia of South Africa. / Along with students and colleagues at UIC, Andy is currently involved a multi-year project combining comparative historical, ethnographic, and survey methods to analyze how individuals and cities in the Chicago area have responded to high levels of immigration from Latin America over the last 30 years.