Faculty Bio

Leonard Nevarez

Professor of Sociology on the Anne McNiff Tatlock Chair and Chair of Sociology

Leonard Nevarez received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and joined Vassar's Sociology Department in 1999. His research examines how markets and their cultures transform places, formal organizations, and labor reproduction.  He is the author of Pursuing Quality of Life: From the Affluent Society to the Consumer Society (Routledge, 2011) and New Money, Nice Town: How Capital Works in the New Urban Economy (Routledge, 2003).  He served on the advisory team for the Poughkeepsie Plenty community food assessment, where he oversaw a survey of City of Poughkeepsie residents' food security and dietary preferences. He blogs at Musical Urbanism and can be found on Twitter @LeonardNevarez.

At Vassar College, he is the current Tatlock Chair of Multidisciplinary Studies.  His courses in the Sociology Department include Power and Global Capital, Sociology of the New Economy (cross-listed in Science and Technology Studies), Quality of Life, Community Development (cross-listed in Urban Studies), Corporate Power, Introduction to Sociology, and Research Methods. In the Urban Studies Program, his courses include Cities After Society, Musical Urbanism, Introduction to Urban Studies, and Urban Theory.  Syllabi for these courses can be found on his personal website.