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Ocejo, Richard

Assistant Professor



2009 Ph.D. -   The Graduate Center, CUNY

2005 MA     -   Queens College, CUNY

2002 BA      -   Fordham University

I am an assistant professor of sociology and have been teaching at John Jay since 2009.  My book, Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City, about nightlife and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods, was published by Princeton University Press in 2014.  My work has appeared in City & Community, Poetics, Ethnography, and the European Journal of Cultural StudiesI am also the editor of Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork (Routledge; 2012) and a contributing editor to the journal Metropolitics.  I am currently working on a monograph called In Cathedrals of Craft: The New Elite Retail, Manual Labor, and Service Jobs (working title, under contract; Princeton) about the upscaling of trades from low-status to "cool," as well as a research methods textbook and website (under contract; Routledge).  My overall research and teaching interests include urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work, and research methods (especially qualitative methods).

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