Ethnographic Café

The Ethnographic Café is a place for ethnographers to meet across disciplines, generations, and countries. We gather to talk about all things ethnographic, from history, design, and method to analysis, writing and dissemination.


We meet monthly on Zoom to discuss a recently published ethnography with its author (see our schedule of events). We also convene periodically for special thematic sessions around a salient topic in the practice of ethnography.


We continue the online conversation through short photographic essays picturing the field, video interviews of ethnographers sharing the nitty-gritty of their fieldwork, reading recommendations contributed by the community, and through a directory that will help ethnographers with shared interests to find each other.


We aim to stimulate and support the work of a new generation of ethnographers, especially doctoral students, postdocs, and junior faculty, and we hope you will join us in this endeavor.


The Ethnographic Café Organizing Team:

Ashley Mears, Ekedi Mpondo-Dika, Loïc Wacquant, Dilan Eren, and Elif Birced

Meeting ID: 977 8649 9870

Passcode: 1234

Friday, February 17, 12-1.30 pm (PT)


Jeremy Levine

in conversation with Nicole P. Marwell

Constructing Community: Urban Governance, Development, and Inequality in Boston*

*Read the chapters here


Jeremy Levine is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on questions of inequality and public policy, especially in cities. His first book, Constructing Community, was published in 2021 with Princeton University Press, and he has additionally published articles in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Social Forces, among other outlets. His newest work analyzes the historical development of crime victim policy and its effects on racial and gender inequality.


Nicole P. Marwell is Associate Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Sociology and the Data Science Institute. Her research examines urban governance, with a focus on the diverse intersections between nonprofit organizations, government bureaucracies, communities, and politics. Current projects include: a book about how the rise of randomized controlled trials threatens the responsiveness, diversity, and inclusivity of the nonprofit sector; and a study of the structure and performance of internet infrastructure across urban neighborhoods in the U.S.


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