Allison Padilla-Goodman


B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Middlebury College, 2001
M.A., Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2006
M.Phil., Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009

About me

I am currently living in New Orleans and working on my dissertation, “The Racial Politics of Repopulating Post-Katrina New Orleans.” This project looks at how different racialized groups are encouraged or discouraged to move back to the storm damaged city and to reproduce. This includes a focus on how reproduction is tied to labor, with an understanding of how Hispanic migrant labor is (ab)used to rebuild the city without a commitment to a protection of rights. A major part of this project is looking at how a city’s local identity/consciousness is used to manipulate, define, and exclude a population.

Faculty advisor(s)

Robert Smith, Michelle Fine, Bill Kornblum


Nunez Community College, New Orleans

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Race and Ethnicity

Hunter College CUNY, New York

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • American Society

Brooklyn College CUNY, New York

  • Immigrants in New York

John Jay College CUNY, New York

  • Urban Sociology

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