Jeff Maskovsky
Associate Professor, Ph.D. Temple University Urban ethnography; social movements; difference and inequality


Jeff Maskovsky is an anthropologist whose research and writing focus on urban poverty, grassroots activism and political economic change in the United States. His recent publications include the co-edited volume, New Poverty Studies: The Ethnography of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States (NYU Press 2001), a co-edited special issue of the journal Urban Anthropology on globalization, neoliberal policy, and poverty in the United States and Mexico, and a chapter on neighborhood and global justice activism in Philadelphia for the volume, Reclaiming Cities, edited by Jane Schneider (Blackwell Press, in press). Maskovsky has collaborated with community groups, non-profit organizations and health policy experts to found several innovative community health and HIV treatment education programs targeting youth, sexual minorities, low-income people, and people of color.

Maskovsky teaches the Department's basic course on Urban Poverty and Affluence, a graduate course on Urban Ethnography, and the new course on Contemporary Urban Theory.

Maskovsky is the Urban Studies Undergraduate Advisor.

Maskovsky Curriculum Vitae


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