New York Times features professor’s work on affordable housing
“The general narrative of affordable sky-rise housing is it’s failing,” St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of Sociology David Schalliol tells the New York Times.
But, Schalliol says, he found that there was much more to the story in New York.
He sets out to tell that story in the new anthology Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places and Policies That Transformed a City.
“One of the aims of this book, this project, is not only to demonstrate the wide variety of these developments, but also the common experience within them,” he tells the New York Times.
“It’s where people make their homes, where they meet their friends. They don’t just come home, they’re actively producing community.”
Schalliol’s research focuses on urban problems and how neighborhood community members address them, often without outside support. He uses photography and film in many of his projects, including for his in-process documentary film, The Area.
Schalliol teaches Urban Sociology, Visual Sociology, Race and Class, and Introduction to Sociology at St. Olaf.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.