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:
M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
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.
M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona
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.
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
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.