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Neighborhoods, Housing, and Urban Sociology (NHUS) Reading Group

The Neighborhoods, Housing, and Urban Sociology (NHUS) reading group was started in 2015 and is loosely overseen by Dr. Maria Krysan, and run by the graduate student members.  The NHUS group consists mainly of graduate students from sociology, but students from other disciplines are encouraged and welcome to join us.  NHUS focuses on theoretical and empirical literature related to urban issues, including spatial stratification, housing, and segregation.  We meet about once a month and discuss reading material, and occasionally invite other faculty and students to attend who have particular expertise.  We also experiment with other meeting formats, including discussions and presentations of works in progress by members.  Our group is a 'work in progress' and adapts its approach to meet the goals of the members of the group.  If you are interested in participating, email Dr. Krysan at  Or email student coordinator Chris Poulos ( for our next meeting schedule.


This reading group is run by Dr. Claire Decoteau, and attracts an interdisciplinary group of graduate students from sociology, gender & women’s studies, anthropology, history and disability studies.  It is a forum for discussing new and canonical literature in advanced social theory; science and technology studies; feminist science studies; the sociology of knowledge; cultural studies; queer theory; and postcolonial theory.  The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss a pre-arranged reading.  If you are interested in participating, please email for the schedule.