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The Center for the Study of Brooklyn is a hub of Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary research, experiential and community-based learning, and nonprofit internships that advances the understanding of Brooklyn’s critical and cultural issues for the public good.
Faculty affiliates conduct interdisciplinary research on, about, and with Brooklyn. The center serves as a clearinghouse of resources that support Brooklyn-based research, including guides, curated data sets, and original reports. We provide opportunities for students to conduct interdisciplinary research on Brooklyn with Brooklyn College faculty in and out of the classroom, and work with academic departments to coordinate Brooklyn-based nonprofit and community-based internships.
Fall 2022 (pdf)
Professor Britt is currently interested in two areas of research: 1) exploring the intersection of activism and materiality, and 2) heritage management seen both locally and globally. She is currently working with the United Order of Tents Eastern District #3, the oldest Black women’s benevolent society in the United States, whose headquarters in located in a 19th-century mansion in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and the Flatbush African Burial Ground, to preserve, protect, and honor those once buried there.
Green Gentrification and the Struggle for Environmental Justice explores the social consequences of urban “greening” from an environmental justice and sustainable development perspective. Through a comparative examination of five cases of urban greening in Brooklyn, it demonstrates that such initiatives tend to increase inequality and thus undermine the social pillar of sustainable development. New project: Problematizing states’ public investments post-disaster: the case of massive public investment in Rockaway Beach post-Hurricane Sandy. (Technically in Queens until we redraw the maps)”
Green Gentrification in Brooklyn, Climate Adaptation in Rockaway
A People’s Guide to New York City with fellow CUNY professors Carolina Bank Muñoz and Penny Lewis (University of California Press, 2022) and Housing America: Issues and Debates (Routledge, 2017).
Everyday Globalization: A Spatial Semiotics of Immigrant Neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Paris. Routledge, 2016. Visual sociological study of religious, linguistic, and ethnic minorities in urban spaces and how the appearance of neighborhoods contributes to belonging and, in some cases, group conflicts.
Part of an interdisciplinary team studying and mapping rainfall flooding, particularly with basement apartments and businesses in vulnerable areas in New York City.