About Anna Zhelnina

I am a sociologist, interested broadly in sociological theory, urban and political sociology, and social movement studies. I am an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social science at Utrecht University. I am an academic writing and public sociology enthusiast, experimenting with sociological fiction and other writing genres. I am also hosting various writing events (writing retreats and groups), and try to demystify academic writing and make it more accessible (both to writers and readers).

Anna Zhelnina holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and works at Utrecht University. To learn more, visit her website or follow Anna on Twitter.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Anna:

Richard E. Ocejo, "Sixty Miles Upriver: Gentrification and Race in a Small American City" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 2, 2024

Sixty Miles Upriver

Richard E. Ocejo
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Newburgh is a small postindustrial city of some twenty-eight thousand people located sixty miles north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Li…

Miguel A. Martínez, "Research Handbook on Urban Sociology" (Edward Elgar, 2024)

May 17, 2024

Research Handbook on Urban Sociology

Miguel A. Martínez
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Emphasising the social, critical and situated dimensions of the urban, this comprehensive Research Handbook presents a unique collection of theoretica…

Alexandrina Vanke, "The Urban Life of Workers in Post-Soviet Russia: Engaging in Everyday Struggle" (Manchester UP, 2024)

April 1, 2024

The Urban Life of Workers in Post-Soviet Russia

Alexandrina Vanke
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Despite the intense processes of deindustrialisation around the world, the working class continues to play an important role in post-industrial societ…

Lidia Katia C. Manzo, "Gentrification and Diversity: Rebranding Milan's Chinatown" (Springer, 2023)

November 20, 2023

Gentrification and Diversity

Lidia Katia C. Manzo
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Lidia Katia C. Manzo's book Gentrification and Diversity: Rebranding Milan's Chinatown (Springer, 2023) examines lived experiences of making, inhabiti…

Felicity Hwee-Hwa Chan, "Tensions in Diversity: Spaces for Collective Life in Los Angeles" (U Toronto Press, 2022)

March 18, 2023

Tensions in Diversity

Felicity Hwee-Hwa Chan
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Urban landscapes are complex spaces of sociocultural diversity, characterized by narratives of both conviviality and conflict. As people with multiple…

Ross Beveridge and Philippe Koch, "How Cities Can Transform Democracy" (Polity Press, 2022)

February 1, 2023

How Cities Can Transform Democracy

Ross Beveridge and Philippe Koch
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

We live in an urban age. It is well-known that urbanization is changing landscapes, built environments, social infrastructures and everyday lives acro…

Paul Watt, "Estate Regeneration and Its Discontents: Public Housing, Place and Inequality in London" (Policy Press, 2021)

November 28, 2022

Estate Regeneration and Its Discontents

Paul Watt
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

It is widely accepted that London is in the midst of a serious housing crisis, manifested most obviously in city's soaring rents. While the causes of …

Matthias Bernt, "The Commodification Gap: Gentrification and Public Policy in London, Berlin and St. Petersburg" (Wiley, 2022)

October 28, 2022

The Commodification Gap

Matthias Bernt
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

The Commodification Gap: Gentrification and Public Policy in London, Berlin and St. Petersburg (Wiley, 2022) provides an insightful institutionalist p…

Ioana Florea et al., "Contemporary Housing Struggles: A Structural Field of Contention Approach" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)

June 7, 2022

Contemporary Housing Struggles

Ioana Florea, Agnes Gagyi, and Kerstin Jacobsson
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Contemporary Housing Struggles: A Structural Field of Contention Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) provides a comparative study of housing contentio…

Hanna Hilbrandt, "Housing in the Margins: Negotiating Urban Formalities in Berlin's Allotment Gardens" (John Wiley & Sons, 2021)

April 7, 2022

Housing in the Margins

Hanna Hilbrandt
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Housing in the Margins: Negotiating Urban Formalities in Berlin's Allotment Gardens (John Wiley & Sons, 2021) offers a theoretically informed and empi…

Regina Smyth, "Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability: Russia 2008–2020" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

February 18, 2022

Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability

Regina Smyth
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

In Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability. Russia 2008–2020 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Regina Smyth reveals how much electora…