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Andrew Deener, Ph.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:


Area(s) of Expertise:
Urban Sociology, Race, Ethnicity, Class, Neighborhoods, Culture, Politics



My research and teaching interests include urban neighborhoods, urban and regional infrastructures, inequality, culture and consumption, and qualitative methods. My first book,Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. It draws on 6 years of ethnographic research, 145 oral history interviews, and archival research to explain how and why some neighborhoods maintain race and class diversity while others become more exclusive. Venice received an honorable mention for the Mirra Komoravsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, an honorable mention for the Robert Park Award from the ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section, and was named by L.A. Public Media (KCET) as one of the best books of the year about L.A.

My second book, Feeding Philadelphia: Risk, Efficiency, and the Transformation of the Food System, is currently under review. It is based on archival research, 190 interviews with food industry stakeholders, and two years of ethnographic fieldwork in market settings and distribution hubs conducted while I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society fellow. It focuses on Philadelphia’s changing food market infrastructure in the context of urban decline and population loss in order to explain how shifting modes of food market coordination institutionalized food access inequalities.

I have several ongoing collaborative projects. I am writing a book with Jonathan Wynn about urban culture that is under contract with Oxford University Press. Claudio Benzecry and I are conducting ethnographic and historical research about the transformation of urban fashion districts and the global circulation of design. With Van Tran and Claudio Benzecry, I am studying the shifting relationships between immigration, restaurants, and neighborhood identity.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Andrew Deener's available publications in PubMed.


  Deener, Andrew. Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 60637, The University of Chicago Press, Ltd., London