Urban Studies Faculty

NCF faculty members in the disciplines of sociology, history, political science, and anthropology all teach courses in our Urban Studies program. Such courses include sustainable urban planning, sustainable development, and the history of cities and suburbs from Medieval and pre-Columbian Mayan cities to the visions of contemporary planners, activists and urban reformers. Here are some of the faculty members with whom you are likely to take classes as an Urban Studies major:

David K. Brain
Professor of Sociology

brain@ncf.edu (941) 487-4338

M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
B.A., University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Brain, an international specialist on community-based environmental problem-solving, is the lead faculty member of Urban Studies at NCF. Dr. Brain is broadly interested in the interrelationships between sustainable urban development and democratic decision making. Students who have worked with Dr. Brain in the past have conducted research on topics ranging from the environmental impact and development of comparative transit systems in Perth, Australia and Atlanta, Georgia to the institutional constraints and historical factors in energy systems and transitions in the United States.

Anthony Andrews
Professor of Anthropology

andrews@ncf.edu (941) 487-4327

M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona
B.A., Harvard University

Professor Andrews is a widely published Maya archaeologist and enthnohistorian who has done extensive field work in Mexico and Central America. In addition to archaeology and physical anthropology, he supervises studies in ecological anthropology, Latin American ethnography, ethnohistory and urban anthropology. He is author and co-author of several books and monographs in both English and Spanish.

Magdalena E. Carrasco
Professor of Art History

carrasco@ncf.edu (941) 487-4606

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
B.A., Smith College

Professor Carrasco offers courses covering a wide range of topics, including the history of landscape painting, the Renaissance in Italy and the North, and the historiography and methodology of art history. A specialist on the Middle Ages, she also teaches courses in all aspects of Medieval architecture, sculpture and painting, from Late Antiquity to the Gothic cathedral. Her research interests center on issues of narrative, gender and authority in illustrated cycles of the lives of the saints.

Maria Vesperi
Professor of Anthropology

(941) 487-4358

M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A., University of Massachusetts

Professor Vesperi is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the analysis of contemporary social issues and the communication of anthropological ideas to the public. Using ethnographic data collection methods and symbolic theory, she focuses on identifying beliefs that underlie cultural constructions of age, ethnicity and community. She offers courses in cultural anthropology, myth and ritual, history of anthropological theory, anthropology and literature, language, culture and society, contemporary U.S. cultures, and anthropological approaches to the study of aging.
Before joining the New College faculty, Professor Vesperi was a member of the Editorial Board and a staff writer and columnist at the St. Petersburg Times. She is author of the book, City of Green Benches: Growing Old in a New Downtown, and co-editor, with J. Neil Henderson, of The Culture of Long Term Care: Nursing Home Ethnography.

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