Brian Rosa is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College. He is also a doctoral faculty member in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) at The Graduate Center, CUNY. As an interdisciplinary urban researcher, he draws on his training as a city planner (MRP Cornell, 2009) and human geographer (PhD Manchester, 2014). Through an examination of the changing built environments of cities, Rosa explores the interwoven social, cultural, political, and economic contexts of urban (re)development, particularly in the context of post-industrial urban spaces and sites of contested urban heritage.
His current research deals with the relationship between urban infrastructures, urban political economy, and the way “left-over” spaces of the city are re-appropriated. His dissertation research focused on the implications that transport infrastructures have on the production and perception of the urban built environment, explored through a case study of railway viaducts in Manchester, England. He is co-editor of the upcoming volume Deconstructing the High Line: Essays on Postindustrial Urbanism (with Christoph Lindner, Rutgers UP) and recently published a book chapter on urban wastelands in Global Garbage: Urban Imaginaries of Excess, Waste, and Abandonment (Routledge, 2016).
Rosa’s research and teaching draw on a variety of qualitative methods, often incorporating audio-visual data. His research output overlaps with visual arts practice, for which he was awarded an Artist Fellowship with the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2013. Upon its inauguration in 2016, he will co-direct the City Lab at Queens College, a campus facility committed to collaboration in geo-spatial research, audio-visual experimentation in qualitative analysis, and practice-led creative methods.
He teaches the Department’s introductory course, Urban Poverty and Affluence, as well as courses on Contemporary Urban Theory and Urban Politics. He is Faculty Advisor to the Urban Studies Club. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Prior to joining Queens College, he was a faculty member in the Urban and Community Studies program at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.