Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy and English, Fordham University
Master of Arts in Political Science, Columbia University
AJ (he/him) is a scholar, writer, and educator that claims New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and the Bronx, NYC, as his homes. His works aims to be community-centric, focusing on urban displacement: its causes, implications, and the interventions that prevent it. He centers displacement as an issue of racial and social justice, with an orientation toward critical urban theory and rooted in an organizing practice of building community power and ownership. These interests grew largely out of his pre-Tulane experience working at two agencies in New Orleans serving people experiencing homelessness. He utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods in his work, but has a proclivity toward ethnography and oral history.
AJ co-runs a website/blog called the Place/Love Project (placeloveproject.org), which aims to be a space for the collective imagining of care for our communities, neighborhoods, and shared physical environments. It features conversations with community leaders, quasi-academic essays, and other engagements.
AJ is also an on-and-off theatre actor, bike taxi operator, and foodie. He loves long roadtrips, kayaking on the Bayou St. John, and dancing with his Mardi Gras group, the 610 Stompers.
Displacement, Urban Built Environment, Neighborhood Sustainability, Urban Poverty, Place-Making, Public Spaces, Critical Urban Theory, Community-Engaged Scholarship