Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society Organization Logo Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Project Collaborator

Forrest Stuart

Associate Professor of Sociology Stanford University


Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

As an urban ethnographer, he uses fieldwork, historical, and other qualitative methods to investigate the causes, contours, and consequence of contemporary urban poverty. He is particularly interested in how recent large-scale forces—most notably, the massive expansion of the criminal justice system, the global shift to the “new economy,” and rising inequalities in relative exposure to violence-related trauma—influence the ground-level conditions and experiences of disadvantaged communities (e.g., neighborhood culture, public interaction, social cohesion, crime, and violence), and how these forces (re)produce social, economic, and racial inequality. He tries to leverage these historical developments to rethink prevailing concepts and theories.

For more information please visit his faculty profile.

Featured Project


The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World

The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World

Ethnographic, historical and textual analysis of interactions between governments and citizens in three contexts—Brazil, urban America, and post-colonial South Asia—yielded new insights on the use of state power to maintain social control.

The relationship between governments and the citizens they seek to rule is central to understanding politics and society in the contemporary world. This collaborative research project was a departure from macro-historical studies of state power, relying instead on ethnography, archival research,...