Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
: Building 4S
PhD, Tulane University
MA, Tulane University
BA, Le Moyne College
Biography / Academic Interests
John (Jay) Arena earned his Ph.D. in Sociology, and M.A. in Latin American Studies, from Tulane University, in New Orleans. He joined CSI’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work in the Fall of 2008. Previous to graduate school, he participated in various community and labor organizing efforts in New Orleans. As a public sociologist, he has built on and maintained this commitment to social change by linking his research, writing and teaching in the service of changing oppressive social conditions. His research interests include urban sociology, political economy, class analysis, race, Latin American studies, and public sociology. His current research addresses the implementation of neoliberal state transformation and ‘reform’ in post-Katrina New Orleans, the role of non-governmental organizations in this effort, and popular resistance to this agenda. He is also working on turning his dissertation, which analyzes the privatization of an African American public housing development in the context of a majority black city and government, into a book manuscript. He has been an active member of the American Sociological Association, and been an invited speaker at schools, political conferences, and community organizations regarding New Orleans’ public housing, and right of return, movement.
Scholarship / Publications
“Whose City Is It?: Public Housing, Public Sociology, and the Struggle for Social Justice in New Orleans Before and After Katrina,” pp. 367-383, (2007). Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States, eds. Richelle Swan and Kristen Bates, Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
“Which Side Are You On?: Public Housing, Racism, Sociology and the Struggle for Post-Katrina New Orleans.” In Political Sociology: States, Power, and Societies, Fall 2006. (Newsletter of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association).
“Race and Hegemony: The Neoliberal Transformation of the Black Urban Regime and Working Class Resistance.” in American Behavioral Scientist. Vol. 47. no. 3, November, (2003) pp. 352-380.