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Zaire Z Dinzey
Basic Information
Rutgers University
Associate Professor
742 Hancock St.

Brooklyn, NY  

Additional Information
About My Work
My research focuses on understanding how urban space mediates community life and race, class, and social inequality. I use an interdisciplinary lens (sociology, urban planning, public policy), mixed-method approaches, and often a comparative Caribbean-U.S. framework, to investigate the processes that cement the built environment and unequally distribute power. I am particularly interested in housing and urban residential (housing and neighborhood) design: the underlying logics and policies that drive design, how design is interpreted, used, and experienced, and the consequences for inequality among communities and residents of cities. My book, Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City, examines race and class inequality as they are recreated, contained, and negotiated through urban policy, the physical built environment, and community gates in private and public housing. I am currently working on two projects: the first is a mixed-method examination of how race is articulated in residential real estate practices in demographically changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY; the second, looks at the transatlantic circulation of housing planning and design ideals in the middle of the 20th Century. She is also collaborating on a mobile data project seeking to understand racial segregation as it occurs in motion and a mixed-media project on construction in the Caribbean.
Dinzey-Flores, Zaire Zenit. Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2013)

Dinzey-Flores, Zaire. “Spatially Polarized Landscapes and a New Approach to Urban Inequality” Latin American Research Review 52(2), 241-252. (August, 2017)

Dinzey-Flores, Zaire. (In Process) “Race Walls: (In)visible Codes of Neighborhood Inequality” World of Walls, Eds. Randall McGuire and Laura McAtackney
Professional Associations
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
American Sociological Association (ASA)