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Fu, Albert S.

Fu, Albert S.

Old Main 460
  • Degrees
    State University of New York at Binghamton
    -Ph.D. Sociology, 2009
    -M.A. Sociology, 2005

    University of California, Irvine
    -B.A. History, 2002
    -B.A. Sociology, 2002
    -Minor - Digital Arts
  • Biography
    Broadly speaking, my work examines the intersection between built and natural environments. As such, I consider myself both an urban and environmental sociologist. I am also interested in how “culture” creates, defines, and controls space.
  • Course Regularly Taught
    SOC 10: Principles of Sociology
    SOC 160: Sociological Imagination
    SOC 165: Social Inequality
    SOC 230: Urban Sociology
    SOC 247: Environmental Sociology
  • Publications
    (Forthcoming, 2022) “Can buildings be racist? A critical sociology of architecture and the built environment" Sociological Inquiry. DOI: 10.1111/soin.12478

    (2022) Risky Cities: The Physical and Fiscal Nature of Disaster Capitalism. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/risky-cities/9781978820302

    (2020) "Mediterranean Style Gated Communities Around the World: Architecture, Globalization and Transnational Elites" City and Community. Vol. 19. No. 2. pp. 421-442. DOI: 10.1111/cico.12447

    (2018) w/ Jason Crockett, Joleen Greenwood, and Mauricia John. “Sociology Portfolio Assessment and Curricular Review” Teaching Sociology. Vol. 46. No 1. pp. 34-43. DOI: 10.1177/0092055X17726833

    (2018) Review of “Waste Away” Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 47. No. 1. pp. 105-107. DOI: 10.1177/0094306117744805jj

    (2017) w/ Martin J Murray. “Sentimentalizing Racial Reconciliation in the ‘New South Africa’: Invictus and the Cinematic Representation of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.” Black Camera Vol. 9. No. 1. pp. 22-46. DOI: 10.2979/blackcamera.9.1.02

    (2016) “Chapter 35: Wildfire and Global Urban Development: Climate Change and Disaster as Blowback” in P. Godfrey & D. Torres (eds.) Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of Race, Class and Gender (New York: Routledge). pp. 225-232.

    (2016) “Connecting Urban and Environmental Catastrophe: Linking Natural Disaster, the Built Environment, and Capitalism.” Environmental Sociology. Vol. 2. No 4. pp. 365-374. DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2016.1220891

    (2016) “Neoliberalism, Logistics and the Treadmill of Production in Metropolitan Waste Management: A Case of Turkish Firms.” Urban Studies. Vol. 53. No 10. pp. 2099-2117. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015586537

    (2016) Review of “The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice” Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 45. No. 4. pp. 475-476. DOI:10.1177/0094306116653953nn

    (2015) “Fear of a Black Spider-Man: Racebending and the Color-Line in Super Hero (Re)Casting.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Vol. 6. No. 3. pp. 267-283 DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2014.994647

    (2014) w/ Utku Balaban. “Politics of Urban Development and Wildfires in California and Turkey.” Environment & Planning A. Vol. 46. No 4. pp. 820-836 DOI: 10.1068/a46163

    (2014) w/ Martin J. Murray. “Glorified Fantasies and Masterpieces of Deception: Importing Las Vegas into the New South Africa.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol. 38. No 3. pp. 843-863 DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12006

    (2013) “The Façade of Safety in California’s Shelter-In-Place Homes: History, Wildfire and Social Consequence.” Critical Sociology. Vol. 39. No 6. pp. 833-849. DOI: 10.1177/0896920512455936

    (2013) Review of “The New Century of the Metropolis: Urban Enclaves and Orientalism.” Planning Perspectives. Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 646-648. DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2013.828461

    (2012) “Materializing Spanish-Colonial Revival: The Historical Landscape and Cultural Production in Southern California.” Home Cultures. Vol. 9. No. 2. pp. 149-172. DOI: 10.2752/175174212X13325123562223

    (2012) Review of “Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph.” Visual Studies. Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 213-214. DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2012.642973

    (2011) “Contradictions in California’s Orientalist Landscape: Architecture, History & Spanish-Colonial Revival.” Cities. Vol. 28. No. 4. pp. 240-346. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2010.09.003

    (2009) Review of “The Los Angeles Plaza.” Southern California Quarterly. Vol. 91, No 1. pp. 121-22. DOI: 10.2307/41172461

    (2008) Review of “Lynching in the West 1850-1935.” Visual Studies. Vol. 23, No. 2. p. 179. DOI:10.1080/14725860802276339

    (2007) w/ Martin J. Murray. “Cinema and the Edgy City: Johannesburg, Carjacking, and the Postmetropolis.” African Identities. Vol. 5. No. 2. pp. 279-289. DOI: 10.1080/14725840701403606
  • Office Hours
    Term Days Start Time End Time Room Additional Information
    Fall 2022 MW 1:30PM 3:00PM OM460
    Fall 2022 TH 12:30PM 1:30PM OM460
  • Class Schedule
    Term Days Start Time End Time Course Location
    Fall 2022 MW 3:00PM 4:20PM ANT 241CD 010 AF102
    Fall 2022 MW 3:00PM 4:20PM SOC 241CD 010 AF102
    Fall 2022 MW 3:00PM 4:20PM SOC 241CD 019H AF102
    Fall 2022 TH 1:30PM 2:50PM SOC 10CD 020 AF101