Stefano Bloch

About Stefano Bloch

I am a cultural geographer and urban ethnographer who conducts research on transgressive subcultures, policing, and neighborhood change. My current research projects focus on criminality and criminalization within gang injunction "safe zones," the spatial correlation between violent crime and graffiti, cultural conflict in the context of gentrification, and autoethnographic writing on place-based identity formation in Los Angeles. 

After completing my MA at UCLA and Ph.D at the University of Minnesota, I was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University, and from 2015-2017 I was a Presidential Diversity Fellow and Senior Research Associate in the Urban Studies Program at Brown University, where I also served as an academic advisor for first-generation, low-income, and transfer students and a regular guest critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.

I am also a faculty affiliate with the Institute for LGBT Studies

Areas of Study

Cultural Geography  —  Urban Sociology  —  Urban Studies  —  Cultural Studies  — Socio-Cultural Theory — Qualitative Research Methods

Research Interests

Subcultures (gangs + graffiti),  Neighborhood Change,  Latina/o + Chicana/o Urbanism,  Socio-spatial Theory,  Crime + Policing,  Transgression,  Ethnography

Selected Publications

"Place-based Elicitation: Interviewing Graffiti Writers at the Scene of the Crime," in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2016.

"Why Do Graffiti Writers Write on Murals: The Birth, Life, and Slow Death of Freeway Murals in Los Angeles," in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2016. 

"Challenging the Defense of Graffiti in Defense of Graffiti," in Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art (J. Ross, Ed.), 2016.

"The Illegal Face of Wall Space: Urban Aesthetics in the Context of Neighborhood Change," in Radical History Review, 2012.

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Contact Information

Stefano Bloch
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 520-621-3311
Office: ENR2 S-521
Office Hours: Wed 12:30-2:00


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Urban Studies, Brown University, 2017.

Ph.D. Geography, University of Minnesota, 2012.

MA, Urban Planning, UCLA, 2005. 

BA,  Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz,, 2001.

Courses Taught

GEOG 340: Cultural Geography

GEOG 696G: Urban Geography

GEOG 357: Research Methods