Jennifer Darrah is a Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. Her research interests lie in the spatial dimensions of political and social empowerment: how people mobilize to shape their communities and the built environment, and how community and neighborhood contexts in turn impact social opportunities, identities, and political action. Her most recent project was a study of how communities politically confront tourism-urbanization in the state of Hawaii. She teaches courses at Harvard on race in American cities and on global social movements. She has published articles in The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Science and Medicine, and (forthcoming) Social Forces, and her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. She received her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 2010.