Andrew Newman

Andrew Newman

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director


 FAB 3023

Andrew Newman

 I am a sociocultural anthropologist whose research combines urban ethnography with anthropological approaches to environmental studies. My interests include urban ethnography, urban ecological issues, urban parks and green spaces, social movements, and the relationship between globalization and the city. In my fieldwork I focus on environmental and urban politics in a multiethnic district of Paris that is primarily populated by residents of Maghrebi and West African origin. I am currently working on two Detroit focused projects: a community-led “People’s Atlas of Detroit” being done in conjunction with Building Movement of Detroit, and a collaborative project with Dr. Yuson Jung on ethical and sustainable food in the city.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Urban Ethnography, Infrastructure and Urban Environments, Social Movements, Urban Design; Immigration and Citizenship in Europe; United States, France


 Fieldwork: Paris, France (ongoing since 2007) ; Detroit, United States (ongoing since 2011)

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2011

Awards and Grants

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Wayne State University (2016)

    Runner-Up/Commendation for Julian Steward Book Award for Landscape of Discontent, Anthropology and Environment Society, American Anthropology Association (2015)

  • My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, The Antipode Foundation, The Human Geographies Foundation, The City of Paris Science Council and the Humanities Center at Wayne State University. 

Selected Publications

In process. Campbell, Linda. Andrew Newman, Sara Safranksy, and Tim Stallmann (eds.). A People's Atlas of Detroit. (book manuscript under review).

In process. Newman, Andrew. "Redesigning the Republic? Public gardens, participatory design, and citizenship in immigrant Paris." In Life Among Planners: Practices, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City (Jennifer Mack and Michael Herzelfd, eds.). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. (manuscript being prepared for production)

2018  Newman, Andrew. " '…And then the wall was knocked down:' Movements, politics, and the built environment in multiethnic Paris." In Urban Life: Readings in the Anthropology of the City, 6th Edition. (George Gmelch and Petra Kuppinger, eds.). Denver, CO: Waveland Press. (manuscript being prepared for production).

2017 Newman, Andrew and Sara Safranksy. “Learning from Field Notes No.4: The Trumbull Community: Reflections on the Politics of Urban Land and Participatory Research,” in "Symposium: The Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute Then and Now..." 
Antipode Foundation.

2015 Newman, Andrew. Landscape of Discontent: Urban Sustainability in Immigrant Paris. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

2014 Jung, Yuson and Newman, Andrew. An edible moral economy in the motor city: Food politics and urban governance in Detroit. Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 14(1). pp. 22-31.

2014 Newman, Andrew and Sara Safransky. Remapping the Motor City and the politics of austerity. Anthropology Now. 6(3) pp 17-28

2013 Newman, Andrew. Gatekeepers of the urban commons: Vigilant citizenship and neoliberal space in multiethnic Paris. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography 45(4). pp 947-964

2011 Newman, Andrew. “Contested ecologies: Environmental activism and urban space in immigrant Paris.” City & Society. 23(3). pp 192-209


Currently Teaching

  • On sabbatical leave, Fall 2018

Courses taught

ANT 5060 Urban Anthropology, 3 credits,

ANT 3100 World Cultures, 3 credits

ANT 2100 Introduction to Anthropology, 3 credits

ANT 7010 Theory I, 3 credits

ANT 7630 Graduate Seminar in Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits

ANT 7900 Sythesis, 3 credits