Department of Sociology
Jeffrey Parker is a third-year Ph.D student in the Department of Sociology from Winston-Salem, NC. His research focuses on gentrification in urban neighborhoods, specifically in neighborhoods where change is driven in part by music and art scenes. Motivated to better understand how people balance financial and identity-based interests in changing neighborhoods, his current project focuses on the question “How and to what extent do business owners and managers in Wicker Park form attitudes about development and gentrification based on identity and aesthetic investments?” He has done prior research on resistance to commodification in indie rock, and is particularly interested in the roles music scenes and the concept of hipness play in urban neighborhoods undergoing change. Prior to entering the Ph.D program, he obtained a B.A. in history from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow.