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

Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning
Dr. Borges-Mendez has written on various public policy issues: workforce development; labor markets; Latino CBO’s; Latino poverty and community development in the United States; immigration; decentralization and civil society matters in Latin America. His research and teaching interests include, Urban and regional economic development, labor markets and workforce development, political economy, Latin America, Latinos in the U.S. and immigration, governance, non-profits and institutional development, and research methods.
Tel: 508-421-3838
Email: rborgesmendez@clarku.edu
Tel: 1-508-421-3838

John Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics
Tel: 1-508-793-7390

Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Urban politics, critical urban theory, gentrification, urban development, state restructuring

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

Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics

Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Graduate School of Geography Program Coordinator, Urban Development and Social Change Concentration
Program Coordinator, Urban Development and Social Change Concentration
Urban geography, social movements (particularly neighborhood activism), place identity, local politics, legal geography, and qualitative methodologies.

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

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

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

Amy Richter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (spring 2019), 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

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

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

Visiting Faculty

Jessa Loomis, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Kathryn Madden, Ph.D.
Tel: 508-793-8846