What I’m Up to Now Fall 2019: Mahesh Somashekhar

Mahesh Somashekhar

The left side of the photo is the UIC Behavioral Sciences Building and on the right side, Professor Mahesh Somashekhar is looking ahead.

In Fall 2019,

I’m teaching SOC 201 and SOC 401.

My office hours are Tuesdays 11:00 am – 11:30 and 2:00 am – 2:30 on Tuesdays.

I’m currently working on a project that was geodemographic marketing data to clarify exactly who gentrifies are and how they gentrify neighborhoods.

I recently published a paper in City and Community showing that, when gentrifiers are White, there is a lot of retail development in a neighborhood, but if they are Black, there is little additional retail growth.

I was recently selected to take part in a conference on quantitative approaches to the study of gentrification.

Over summer break, I took a family trip to Panama where I saw dolphins, sloths, caimans, and leafeater ants in the wild.