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Nicholas Gamso

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Nicholas Gamso is an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher. He studies urban aesthetics, most often in counterpoint with the cultural politics of race, sexuality, and gender. In his work, Nick asks how artists and writers address gentrification and other contemporary urban phenomena, such as migrancy and carcerality. He has written on interventions by Kara Walker, Teju Cole, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, examining their uses of urban space and uncovering the themes of difficulty, ambivalence, exposure, and alienation. While at Stanford, Nick will devote his attention to finishing his book, which explores these topics in the context of New York City after 1975. Nick holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, where he taught from 2009-2016. In 2017, he joined the department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He has received support from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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