Shannon Sweeney

Akira Drake

Dissertation Topic/Title: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing Dissertation


Advisor: James DeFilippis


Previous Degrees: MPA, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania, 2008; BS Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2004, Management


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Research Interest

The politics of public housing includes not only the political action of residents living in these developments, but also the political action of those in control of the design, building, and management of public housing. My dissertation will explore the history of political movements in Atlanta’s public housing developments in the contexts of racial construction in the South, politics in the postwar South, and social movements within Southern states’ welfare institutions. This project will attempt to explicate how the race and welfare politics of Atlanta’s public housing policies created the identity and citizenship politics in Atlanta’s public housing developments.


Teaching and TA Experience

Fall 2012 TA for Research Methods (Undergraduate) – Hybrid and Online courses


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