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Christa Tooley, Ph.D.

Christa B. Tooley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology
Director of the Center for Urban Engagement
Coordinator of the Aequitas Fellows Program in Urban Leadership

MSC 223


Dr. Tooley research interests lie broadly in urban development, with particular concern to the processes through which individuals and communities negotiate their rights to the city. Her fieldwork in Edinburgh, Scotland has explored the relationships between place, aesthetics and social class as expressed and contested in the built environment of the city.

University of Edinburgh
Ph.D., Social Anthropology

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
M.A. Summa Cum Laude, Christian Thought

University of Edinburgh
M.S., Social Anthropology

Texas A & M University
B.A. Summa Cumma Laude, Political Science and International Studies

  • Social Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • American Anthropological Association: member
  • Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Reconsidering Minority Nationalism: Renewing Anthropological Interest in the Celtic Fringe
AAA annual conference panel, Nov 2017

Unsettling Temporality "Intrusions of the Industrial: Moral Encounters with Power and Time in Edinburgh"
AAA annual conference panel, Nov 2016

"Edinburgh’s Opportunity in Crisis: Community activism in the cracks of neoliberal development"
Urban Affairs Association annual conference, March 2016

The spatiality of the city as a basis for transformation "Mobilizing community and making place"
European Urban Research Association annual conference panel, Sept 2015

Recalling and imagining in social interaction "Edinburgh in memory: Imagining for development"
Vienna Anthropology Days panel, April 2015

Classes taught

  • URBN 114 Social Life and Cities
  • ANTH 116 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH/URBN 400: Urban Europe
  • ANTH/URBN 373 City in Popular Culture
  • ANTH URBN 383 Cities in the Global South
  • ANTH 341 Consumption and Material Culture
  • ANTH 381 Politics of Veiling in the Modern Middle East

Competition and community in Edinburgh: Contradictions in neoliberal urban development, Social Anthropology 25:3, 2017