Liu, Laura Y.

Liu, Laura Y.

Laura Y. Liu
PhD, Geography, Rutgers University;
MA, Geography, Rutgers University;
BA, Architecture, University of California at Berkeley
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies

I am interested in encouraging thoughtful engagement with ideas and practices of social transformation at various scales, in particular, its spatiality, contextual contingency, contradictions, and enduring possibility.
Courses Taught:
  • The Migrant City: Immigration, Migration, & Displacement
  • Gender, Difference, & the City
  • Social Justice & the City
  • Community Organizing: Methodologies of Research & Activism
  • Space, Place, Gender & Identity
Recent Publications:
  • “Blank Slates and Disaster Zones: The State, September 11, and the Displacement of Chinatown.” In Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. Ed. Michael Sorkin. New York: Routledge (2007)
  • “Counterhegemony and Context: Racial Crisis, Warfare and Real Estate in the Neoliberal City,” Urban Geography, Vol. 27, No. 8, pp. 714-721 (2006).
  • “ ‘Hen’s Teeth’ in Geography: Women of Color and Inter-disciplinary Strategies for Navigating the Discipline,” Gender, Place and Culture Vol. 13 No. 1. 2006
  • “The Place of Immigration in Studies of Geography and Race,” Social and Cultural Geography Vol. 1 No. 2. 2000
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
80 5th Avenue, Room 518
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
By appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2276


Research Interests:
Urban, political, and feminist geography; Gender and ethnic studies; Community and class organizing; Migration and work; Race and space; Chinatowns
Professional Affiliations:
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Association for Asian American Studies
Awards and Honors:
  • 1998-1999, Fellowship, Society of Women Geographers, New York Group.
  • 1998-1999, Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University.

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