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Teresa Gonzales


Teresa Gonzales

Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology

Teresa Gonzales

General Interests
"My research centers on the intersection of organizational ecology, urban studies, and community development within the United States. I am particularly interested in how organizational ties between community-based nonprofits, national community development intermediary organizations, and local government officials influence both the types of development that occur and the distribution of resources within low-income neighborhoods of Chicago. As part of my research, I am committed to community-engaged pedagogy and scholarship, and strive towards a practice of reciprocity in research."

Years at Knox: 2014 to present


Ph.D., Sociology, 2014, University of California, Berkeley 

M.A., Sociology, 2009, University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Latin American and Latina/o Studies, 2007, Smith College

Teaching Interests

Community and civic engagement, the U.S. Welfare State, qualitative methods from a feminist framework of reciprocity, community and local economic development, organizational theory, sociological theory, urban policy, urban sociology, and tourism.

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Monthly contributing blogger at W.W. Norton Everyday Sociology Blog ( 2014 – Current

"Argo, Whitewashing, and Race at the Golden Globes." Everyday Sociology Blog. February 14th 2013. Co-Authored with Jonathan Wynn. 


Relationships of Trust?: The community pitfalls of a growing LISC network and the benefits of interorganizational mistrust. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. 2014.

Active Transport: Grassroots organizations, and the growth of civic literacy as a response to urban transportation development projects. Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. 2014. 

“We develop our People”: Innovative community approaches to local economic development in two low-income Chicago neighborhoods. American Anthropology Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. 2013

An Alternative Lens: Rethinking (re)development strategies within two low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Community Development Society Annual Conference. Charleston, SC. 2013

Retail Districts and Gentrification: Small Business Owners’ Responses to Urban Renewal.  American Sociological Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, 2010. 

“Space for Lease”: Small businesses and gentrification in a Chicago neighborhood. SSRC-Mellon Mays Summer Conference. Oberlin College, OH. June 18thSociology Symposium. Columbia University, NYC., 2009.

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