Judith DeSena

Professor
Sociology and AnthropologyInstitute for Core Studies
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center of the City, University of New York, Sociology, 1985B.A., Brooklyn College, Sociology, 1978

Judith DeSena, (Ph.D. City University of New York) Professor of Sociology does research on urban neighborhoods, and specializes in the areas of community, gender, urban sociology, and research methods. She is author of numerous research books and articles on residential segregation, women's community activism, and gendered space. Her current works investigates gentrification and spatial segregation.

Undergraduate Courses
Introduction to Sociology
Neighborhoods
Sociology of Deviance
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Gender
Urban Sociology
Sociology of New York City
Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methods
Senior Seminar 

Graduate Courses
Social Research: Strategies and Tactics
Evaluation Research and Data Analysis
Sociology of Community
Women and the City
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Gender

Books
Gentrification and Inequality in Brooklyn: The New Kids on the Block, Judith N. DeSena, Lexington Books, 2009. 
 
Gender in an Urban World, Judith N. DeSena (ed.), Emerald Publishing Group, 2008. 

Protecting One's Turf: Social Strategies for Maintaining Urban Neighborhoods, revised edition, Judith N. DeSena, University Press of America, 2005. 

People Power: Grass Roots Politics and Race Relations, Judith N. DeSena, University Press of America, 1999.

Italian Americans in a Multicultural Society. Jerome Krase and Judith N. DeSena (eds.), New York: Forum Italicum, 1994.     

Protecting One's Turf: Social Strategies for Maintaining Urban Neighborhoods, Judith N. DeSena, University Press of America, 1990. 

Contemporary Readings in Sociology, Judith N. DeSena (ed.), Kendall-Hunt Publishing Co., 1989.

Journal Articles and Chapters Edited in Books
Judith N. DeSena and George Ansalone. “Gentrification, Tracking, and Inequality.” The Educational Research Quarterly. 33 (September 2009): 60-74. 
 
“What’s A Mother To Do?: Gentrification, School Selection, and the Consequences for Community Cohesion,” Judith N. DeSena.American Behavioral Scientist, 503 (October 2006): 241-257. 

“Mobilizing Social Capital Through Community Struggle,” Judith N. DeSena. InCommunity Based Organizations in Contemporary Urban Society: The Intersection of Social Capital and Local Context, edited by Robert Mark Silverman. Wayne State University Press, 2004. 

“Gendered Space and Women’s Community Work,” Judith N. DeSena. InResearch in Urban Sociology, Volume V, edited by Ray Hutchison. JAI Press, 2000.

"Involved and ‘There’: The Activities of Italian American Women,” Judith N. DeSena. Reprinted inThe Review of Italian American Studies. Edited by Frank Sorrentino and Jerome Krase. Lexington Books, 2000.

"Local Gatekeeping Practices and Residential Segregation," Judith N. DeSena. Reprinted inRace and Ethnicity: An Anthology. Edited by Charles Gallagher. Mayfield Publishing Company, 1999.

“Low Income Women and Community Power," Judith N. DeSena.Sociological Spectrum, Volume 17:3 9, 1998, special issue on "Women and Power: Arenas of Change."

 "Local Gatekeeping Practices and Residential Segregation," Judith N. DeSena. Reprinted inRace and Ethnic Relations in the United States: Readings for the 21st Century. Edited by Christopher G. Ellison and W. Allen Martin. Roxbury Publishing Company, 1998".

"Italian American Women and Community Politics," Judith N. DeSena. Reprinted inItalian Americans on Long Island: Presence and Impact. Edited by Kenneth P. LaValle, Forum Italicum, 1996.

"Italian American Women and Community Politics," Judith N. DeSena.Voices in Italian Americana, Volume 6, Number 2, 1995. 

"Local Gatekeeping Practices and Residential Segregation," Judith N. DeSena.Sociological Inquiry, Volume 64, Issue 3 (summer), 1994.

 "Women: The Gatekeepers of Urban Neighborhoods," Judith N. DeSena.Journal of Urban Affairs, Volume 16, Number 3 (1994). 

"Informal Practices and Local Arrangements of Neighborhood Defense," Judith N. DeSena, in Research and Social Policy, Volume 3, edited by John Stanfield II, JAI Press, 1994.

"Defending One's Neighborhood At Any Cost?: The Case of Bensonhurst," Judith N. DeSena, inTo See the Past More Clearly: The Enrichment of the Italian Heritage, 1890-1990, edited by Harral Landry, The American Italian Historical Association, 1994.

"Community Co-operation and Activism: Italian and African Americans," Judith N. DeSena, inItalian Americans: Their Public and Private Lives, edited by Salvatore La Gumina, Angela Danzi, and Frank Cavaioli, The American Italian Historical Association, 1993.

"New Images: An Examination of Italian American Women," Judith N. DeSena, in Italian Americans in Transition, edited by Joseph Scelsa, Salvatore La Gumina, Lydio Tomasi, The American Italian Historical Association, 1990.

"The Participation of Italian American Women in Community Organizations," Judith N. DeSena, inItalian Ethnics: Their Languages, Literature, Lives, edited by Dominic Candeloro, Fred Gardaphe, Paolo Giordano, The American Italian Historical Association, 1990.

"The Development of American Sociology," Judith DeSena, inThe Eastern Community College Social Science Association Journal, Volume IV, Number 1, Winter 1989. 

"Involved and 'There': The Activities of Italian American Women in Urban Neighborhoods," Judith DeSena, in The Melting Pot and Beyond: Italian Americans in the Year 2000, edited by Jerome Krase and William Egelman, Center for Migration Studies, 1987.

"The Chosen Apple": Young Suburban Migrants," Sylvia F. Fava and Judith DeSena, in The Apple Sliced: Sociological Studies of New York City, edited by Vernon Boggs, Gerald Handel, Sylvia F. Fava, J.F. Bergin Publishers, Inc., 1984.

"The Breweries of Brooklyn," Will Anderson with the assistance of Judy DeSena, in Brooklyn, USA, edited by Rita Seiden Miller, Columbia University Press, 1979.

Book Reviews
Published review of Kathie Friedman-Kasaba,Memories of Migration,State University of New York Press, 1996, inSociological Inquiry, Volume 67, Number 2, Spring 1997.

Published review of Marlene Webber,Street Kids, University of Toronto Press, 1991, inContemporary Sociology, Volume 21, Number 2, March 1992. 

Encyclopedia Entries
"Intergroup Relations: Italian and African Americans" and "Community Issues." InItalian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Frank Cavaioli, Salvatore Primeggia, Joseph Varacalli, and Salvatore LaGumina, Garland Publishing, 2000.

“Segregation Begins at Home: Gentrification and the Accomplishment of Boundary-Work. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. March 18-21, 2010, Boston.
 
 “Rezoning for Residential Development on the East River: Views of Manhattan for Sale.” Paper presented at The Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development. October 2-3, 2009, New York City.

“Gentrification in Everyday Life.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 21-24, 2008, New York City.

 “(Clas)hing Cultures: From Corroding Piers and Hollow Factories to Views of Manhattan for Sale.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Catholic Social Science Association, October 26-28, 2007, New York City.

 “Soccer Moms in the City.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 10-14, 2007, New York City.

“Gender and Urban Space.” Session discussant at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 12-16, 2005, Philadelphia.

“What’s a Mother To Do?: Gentrification and the Contradiction of Social Class and Community.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 19-22, 2004, New York City.

“Student Research on New York.” Organizer and discussant at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 19-22, 2004, New York City.

“Gentrifying Families and Activist Mothers.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 12-16, 2000, Washington, D.C.

“Gentrifying Families and Activist Mothers.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 2-5, 2000, Baltimore.

"Women's Community Work." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the research committee on Regional and Urban Development of the International Sociological Association. July 26- August 1, 1998, Montreal, Canada.

"Transforming Community: Race and Ethnic Relations." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society.  March 19-22, 1998, Philadelphia.

 "Italian American Women and Community Activism." Paper presented at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, December 10, 1997.

 "The Transformation of Racial and Ethnic Consciousness Through Community Struggle." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 9-13, 1997, Toronto.

 "Finding Housing and Soliciting Tenants: The Informal Process of Residential Segregation." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the subcommittee on housing of the International Sociological Association. June 11-13, 1997, Alexandria, Virginia.

 "Building A Coalition: Gender, Race, and Community Politics." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 16-20, 1996, New York City.

 "Low Income Women and Political Action." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. March 30- April 2, 1995, Philadelphia.

 "A Reconceptualization of Community Politics Through Action." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New York State Political Science Association. April 28-29, 1995, New York City.

Participated in a panel presentation and discussion on "Multiculturalism in America: Italian American-Polish American Perspectives," at the annual meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences. June 9-10, 1995, New York City.

"Low Income Women and Community Politics." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 19-23, 1995, Washington, D.C.

"The Process of Suburbanization: A Contextual Analysis of Long Island's Italian Americans." Paper presented at the Fall 1995 Symposium of the Center for Italian Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook. October 13-14, 1995.

"Community Activism and Coalition Building." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. March 17-20, 1994, Baltimore.

"Political Participation Through Community Struggle." Paper presented at a refereed roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 5-9, 1994, Los Angeles.

Invited to speak on "Housing Search Behavior and Neighborhood Survival" at a conference entitled Ethnographic Research and Urban Policy Problems. This conference was co-sponsored by Howard University's School of Social Work and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 8-9, 1994, Washington, D.C.

"Italian American Social Activism." Paper presented at an international Italian\American Conference on Sociology, March 18-20, 1993. Pisa, Italy.

"Working Class Women and Community Politics." Session commentator at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, June 11-13, 1993. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

"Women: The Gatekeepers of Urban Neighborhoods." Paper presented at a refereed roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 13-17, 1993. Miami Beach, Florida.

"Italian American Women and Community Politics." Paper presented at a symposium on Italian and Italian American Women in the 90's. Center for Italian Studies, SUNY Stony Brook, October 8-9, 1993.  Stony Brook, New York.

"Gender Roles: A Creation of Society." Presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Humanistic Education and Development, March 20, 1992, St. John's University, Jamaica, New York.

"Maintaining the Local Culture: The Role of Neighborhood Women." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, April 3-5, 1992, Arlington, Virginia.

"A Multi-Ethnic Coalition: Building on a Tradition of Community Activism in Greenpoint-Williamsburg, Brooklyn." Colloquium organizer, presider, and participant at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, April 3-5, 1992, Arlington, Virginia.

"The Influence of the Italian American Community on Social Activism in Greenpoint-Williamsburg, Brooklyn." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, November 12-14, 1992. Washington, D.C..

"A Rainbow Coalition in Brooklyn," colloquium organizer, presider and participant at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, April 12-14, 1991, Providence.

"Community Cooperation and Activism: Italians and Blacks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, November 14-16, 1991, New Haven, Connecticut.

"The Role of Women in Maintaining Urban Neighborhoods," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 23-25, 1990, Boston.

"Studying Community: Research on Greenpoint, Brooklyn," guest lecturer, graduate course on Community Studies, Hunter College, November 8, 1990.

"Defending One's Neighborhood At Any Cost?: The Case of Bensonhurst," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, November 1-4, 1990, New Orleans.

"Women During World War II," Talk show guest on WFUV-FM, Monday, March 6, 1989.

"Women During World War II: The Significance of Their Activities," invited scholar to the Brooklyn Historical Society's Program for Women's History Month, March 15, 1989.

"Local Practices and Institutional Strategies of Neighborhood Defense," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 17-19, 1989, Baltimore.

"Women: Life Cycle Perspective," session discussant at the annual meeting of the New York State Sociological Association, October 7-9, 1989, City College, New York City.

"A Response to Neighborhood Defense," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 11-13, 1988, Philadelphia.

"Ethnic Women in Transition," colloquium participant at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 11-13, 1988, Philadelphia.

"New Images: An Examination of Italian American Women," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, October 12-16, 1988, New York City.

"Futuring," Moderator of a workshop held on World Food Day, SUNY at Farmingdale, October 15, 1987 and October 13, 1988.

"Strategies of Neighborhood Defense," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, November 5-8, 1987 Lexington, Kentucky.

"The Participation of Italian American Women in Community Organizations," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, November 12-15, 1987, Chicago.

"The Defended Neighborhood Revisited," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, May 1-3, 1987, Boston.

Tour of Greenpoint, Brooklyn to members of the Sociology and Anthropology Club, SUNY at Farmingdale, May 1, 1987.

"Three Towns of Italy: Italian Americans Re-Create Old World Customs," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, November 14-16, 1986, Philadelphia.

"World Hunger," participated in a faculty panel discussion at SUNY Farmingdale, October 16, 1986. 

"Women in Urban Neighborhoods: A Case Study," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Italian Studies, April 19, 1986, SUNY, at Stony Brook, New York.

"The Activities of Neighborhood Women: Informal and 'There'," paper presented at the annual meeting of the New York State Sociological Association, October 19, 1984, New York City.

"Career vs. Children," discussion facilitator, Brooklyn College, May 10, 1982. Brooklyn, New York.

"The Suburban Generation: Young Suburban Migrants to New York City," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 28, 1981, Toronto.