Jess Linz

  • PhD Student
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Geography
822 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Office Hours
Fall 2017: by appointment

MA Geography, University of Kentucky, 2016
BS Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 2008


My MA research is on urban redevelopment and social exclusion in the inner neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio. I am interested in the political potential that might emerge from viewing neighborhood change through a framework of new materialisms and Deleuzian assemblage. I attend to nonhuman actants and subtle social forces to see the role they play in larger, more visible processes like housing displacement.

My larger research interests relate to urban public (and semi-private) spaces, local political participation, belonging, ownership, the governance/control/use of public space, the American Rustbelt, Mexico City, austerity urbanism, and subjectivity. 

Before I came to University of Kentucky, I worked as an architectural intern, bicycle mechanic, Spanish-English medical interpreter, nonprofit program coordinator, and affordable housing advocate. Over the years, I have volunteered for multiple bicycle collectives, helping start or run women's programs, and teaching mechanics. 

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