Stefano Bloch

About Stefano Bloch

My book, Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA's Graffiti Subculture (University of Chicago Press) was published in November of 2019. For more information, visit the book's IG @goingallcity or website:


I am a cultural and urban geographer who conducts research on transgressive subcultures, criminality, policing, neighborhood change, gentrification, and race, with expertise in LA-based gangs, the history and theorization of graffiti as a socio-spatial practice, and the use of ethnographic and autoethnographic research methods. I currently teach Crime and the City, Cultural Geography, and Geographical Research Methods at the undergraduate level and History of Geographic Thought, Urban Geography, and Cultural Geography at the graduate level. 

I am faculty in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory and affiliated with the Institute for LGBT Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies. I am also a member of the Arizona Advisory Council for the National Geographic Society.

Please feel free to contact me if you are looking to do graduate work in the areas of cultural or urban geography, particularly if you are interested in issues related to neighborhood change, policing, crime, subcultures, and/or place-based identity with the use of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. A degree in geography is not a prerequisite to work with me.

Academic Background:

I came to the University of Arizona directly from Brown University where I was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities from 2013-2015, and from 2015-2017 I was the Presidential Diversity Fellow and Senior Research Associate in the Urban Studies Program. Before that, I completed my BA at UC Santa Cruz (Literature, 2001), MA at UCLA (Urban Planning, 2005, Advisors: Edward W. Soja, Allen J. Scott, and Michael Storper), and Ph.D at the University of Minnesota (Geography, 2013, Advisors: Edward W. Soja, George L. Henderson, Karen Till, Abdi Samatar).

Areas of Study

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

Research Interests

Graffiti + Gangs, Crime + Policing, Racial Identity + Subcultures,  Gentrification + Neighborhood Change,  Latina/o + Chicana/o Urbanism,  Socio-spatial Theory + Transgression,   Ethnography + Autoethnography.

Selected Publications

Going All City (monograph). University of Chicago Press, (released November 2019). LINK to publisher / LINK to website.

"Implicit Revanchism: Gang Injunctions and the Security Politics of White Liberalism," with Dugan Meyer, in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2019. LINK

"Broken Windows Ideology and the (Mis)Reading of Graffiti." Critical Criminology, 2019. LINK

"An On-the-Ground Challenge to Uses of Spatial Big Data in Assessing Neighborhood Character." Geographical Review, 2019. LINK

"Hardening the Border," Perspectives Forum: The Border Wall and Beyond - Political and Environmental Perspectives. Journal of Latin American Geography, 2018. LINK

"Place-based Elicitation: Interviewing Graffiti Writers at the Scene of the Crime," in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2018. LINK

"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. LINK

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

"Hollywood as Waste Regime: The Revalorization of a Cast-Off Mattress as Film Prop," in City, 2013. LINK

"Urban Redevelopment and the Los Angeles Housing Authority: Considering the Photography of Leonard Nadel," in APCG, 2012. LINK

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

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Contact Information

Stefano Bloch
Assistant Professor - SGD and Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Telephone: 520-621-3311
Office: ENR2 S-521


Post-Doctorate, Urban Studies / Humanities, Brown University, 2017.

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

MA, Urban Planning, UCLA, 2006. 

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

Courses Taught

GEOG 340: Cultural Geography (Undergrad, Fall 2017, Spring 2019)

GEOG 357: Geographical Research Methods (Undergrad, Spring 2018, Spring 2019)

GEOG 696G: Urban Geography (Grad, Spring 2018)

GEOG 150: Crime and the City (Undergrad, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)

GEOG 689: History of Geographic Thought (Grad, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)