About Nicole Trujillo-Pagan

I am a sociologist who teaches on race and urban areas. My courses cover race, urban areas, theory and research methods. I am especially passionate about analyses of race and space, which are the subject of my book project tentatively titled Black Space, White Borders: Crossing in American Detroit. The book builds on interviews with Latina/o/x youth to ground other data explaining the ways race and space are relational productions. I am originally from New York City and find myself comparing my experiences going back and forth from Williamsburg and the Lower East Side to the experience of socio-spatial crossing here in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Nicole Trujillo-Pagán is a sociologist and Associate Professor at Wayne State University who studies race, the Latina/o/x population, and socio-spatial mobility. You can follow her on Twitter @BorderStruggles.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Nicole:

Emily Flitter, "The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America" (Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2022)

July 11, 2023

The White Wall

Emily Flitter

In 2018, Emily Flitter received a tip that Morgan Stanley had fired a Black employee without cause. Flitter had been searching for a way to investigat…

Reece Jones, "White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall" (Beacon Press, 2021)

May 4, 2023

White Borders

Reece Jones

Recent racist anti-immigration policies, from the border wall to the Muslim ban, have left many Americans wondering: How did we get here? In White Bor…

Howard Gillette, Jr., "The Paradox of Urban Revitalization: Progress and Poverty in America's Postindustrial Era" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2022)

April 9, 2023

The Paradox of Urban Revitalization

Howard Gillette, Jr.

In the twenty-first century, cities in the United States that had suffered most the shift to a postindustrial era entered a period widely proclaimed a…

Alvin Hall, "Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance" (HarperOne, 2023)

March 21, 2023

Driving the Green Book

Alvin Hall

For countless Americans, the open road has long been a place where dangers lurk. In the era of Jim Crow, Black travelers encountered locked doors, hos…

Roger Biles and Mark H. Rose, "A Good Place to Do Business: The Politics of Downtown Renewal Since 1945" (Temple UP, 2022)

March 15, 2023

A Good Place to Do Business

Roger Biles and Mark H. Rose

The “Pittsburgh Renaissance,” an urban renewal effort launched in the late 1940s, transformed the smoky rust belt city’s downtown. Working-class res…