Research

My dissertation is titled Community Consumed: Sunbelt Capitalism, A Praxis for Community Control, and the (Dis) Integration of Civic Life in Maryvale, Arizona, and it focuses on the rise and fall of civic life in the suburban Sunbelt community of Maryvale. This neighborhood, the first master-planned community built in Phoenix after World War II, was built in an unusual private/public collaboration between builder John F. Long and civic leaders in the fledgling community. Through the use of news sources, GIS and census data, planning documents, and oral histories, my research shows how Long and the residents of his community, emblematic of so many others across the suburban Sunbelt, came to embrace everyday practices which reflect an understanding of community as a private commodity to be consumed through the free-market as opposed to public utility to be created through civic participation.