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Esther Sullivan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Office Location:
Lawrence Street Center 420-N

My Website:

Office Hours:
Summer 2018: Please contact by email for an appointment.

Phone: 303-315-2136


Curriculum Vitae »

Expertise Areas:
Poverty and Inequality; Urban Sociology; Ethnography

Ph.D. Sociology - The University of Texas at Austin - 2015

M.A. Sociology - The University of Texas at Austin - 2009

B.A. English - The University of Chicago - 2004

My primary research interests are in poverty and inequality, especially as they relate to issues of urban governance and the built environment. Much of my work examines the inequalities that arise from people’s unequal access to secure housing. I am especially interested in the effects of forced residential mobility on individuals and whole communities. Other areas of interest include the intersection of housing and health, sustainable living and green building, and participation in urban politics. I mainly use qualitative methods, especially ethnography. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology with a special designation in Theory from The University of Texas at Austin.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Esther Sullivan. (Forthcoming). “Individualizing Utopia: Individualist Pursuits in a Cohousing
Community.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

Esther Sullivan and Edna Ledesma. Winter 2015. “Same Trailer, Different Park.” Contexts.

Esther Sullivan and Carlos Olmedo. 2015. “Informality on the Urban Periphery: Housing
Conditions and Self-help Strategies in Texas Informal Subdivisions.” Urban Studies 52 (6): 1038-

Esther Sullivan. 2014. “Halfway Homeowners: Eviction and Forced Relocation among
Homeowners in Manufactured Home Parks in Florida.” Law & Social Inquiry 39 (2): 474-497.
*Winner of American Bar Foundation Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Prize.

Esther Sullivan And Peter M. Ward. 2012. “Sustainable housing applications and policies for lowincome
self-build and housing rehab.” Habitat International 36 (2): 312–323.

Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory, Sociology of Law, Urban Problems

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