Von Mahs, Robert Jürgen Freiherr

Von Mahs, Robert Jürgen Freiherr

Robert Jürgen Freiherr Von Mahs

PhD, University of Southampton, UK;
MA, University of Southern California

Assistant Professor, Urban Studies


My teaching and research is guided by my desire to generate a critical awareness and understanding of social problems in cities with to goal of developing doable solutions. I also hope to use my international background to help my students to obtain a more nuanced, globally aware perspective on social problems, its causes, consequences, and remedies.

Courses Taught:
  • Urban Homelessness: Power, Space, and Time
  • Urban Studies Speaker Series: Global New York
  • Urban Toolbox
  • Urban Spaces: Sociological Perspectives
  • Homelessness and Public Policy in Post-Industrial Societies
  • Globalization and the Welfare State (University of Pennsylvania)
Recent Publications:
  • "The Socio-Spatial Exclusion of Homeless People in Germany and the United States," American Behavioral Scientist, 2005.
  • "Welfare State Restructuring and Homelessness in Germany and the United States," Urban Geography, 2001.
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
66 West 12th Street, Room 904
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:

Thurs. 2-4p

Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5119 x2964


Research Interests:

Homelessness and poverty; Globalization and comparative social policy; Criminalization of the poor; Deviance and social control; Ethnography and life course studies; Grass roots organizing and social movements.

Professional Affiliations:
  • American Sociological Association
  • National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Association of American Geographers
Awards and Honors:
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Graduate Scholarship
  • The German Marshall Fund of the United States Research Fellowship
  • Fulbright Scholarship

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