Helen Herrmann Chair and Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities
Areas of Expertise: Urbanism, Barcelona (5 books including two guidebooks), Chinatowns (general), urban social divisions and conflict, suburbia.
- Learning from Chinatown: Why Enclaves Matter and What they Teach Us. A review of research on global settlements of Chinese, exploring their variety and relation to cities and nations around them and drawing on materials from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
- Global Suburbs: Rethinking Space and Meaning Outside the City. Suburbs were the promise of postwar development, yet they have now become identified problems from North American sprawl to shantytowns of the Global South to the rapid expansion of China. What can we learn from studying suburbs as sites of theory and change on a global scale?
About Gary McDonogh
One of the dilemmas of teaching about the global city entails learning to deal with the experience and ideas that we bring to urban issues. For many of us, the city is not only an abstract concept but also a place of life, family, friends and memories where our profound engagement with everyday metropolitan knowledge sometimes keeps us from seeing the way issues, conflicts and meanings may be negotiated in other urban circumstances. Professor McDonogh’s goal in teaching about cities is to develop "hometown knowledge" and commitments by challenging students with a deep and critical examination of global forms of urban life and consciousness. Through these, students may seek new ways of understanding problems and solutions by exploring the choices that other urbanites have dreamed of and fought for.
Together, then, we can find new visions, evaluate them and share them with others with whom we share goals and commitments of local and global citizenship that last long after Bryn Mawr. In my research, writing and teaching, the challenges and discoveries of cities, then, provide a continual renewal of challenges and interests.