Andrew T. Lamas

Hometown: 
Atlanta, GA
Education: 
Davidson College (B.A., Honors, Phi Beta Kappa)
University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies / London School of Economics & Political Science (M.A.)
University of Pennsylvania, Law School (J.D.)
What brought you to Urban Studies?: 

Good fortune. 

Areas of interest: 

-Critical Urban Studies and Critical Theory

-Community Economic Development and Economic Democracy

-Critique of Capitalism / Global Struggle and Search for Alternatives

-Alternative Ownership Forms (e.g., cooperatives, worker ownership, land and resource trusts)

-Participatory Democracy and Radical Political Theory

-Intersections of Feminism, Queer Theory, Critical Race Studies, Marxism, Anarchism, and other Critical Theories

-Historical and Contemporary Social Movements

-Social Justice and Liberation Theology

-Protest Art and Radical Aesthetics

-Radical Pedagogy

Career/Career Ambitions: 

-Faculty, Urban Studies Program, SAS, University of Pennsylvania

-Faculty, Nonprofit Leadership, SP2, University of Pennsylvania

-Faculty, PhD Program in Social Welfare, SP2, University of Pennsylvania

-Faculty, Organizational Dynamics, SAS, University of Pennsylvania

-Founder and Academic Director, Social Justice Research Academy, University of Pennsylvania 

Courses: 
URBS 405: Religion, Social Justice, and Urban Development
URBS 452: Community Economic Development
URBS 480: Liberation and Ownership
DYNM 671: Ownership Matters
NPLD 790: Financial Management
SWRK 998: Social Welfare and Social Economics
Awards: 
Harvard Club Award (1972)
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, West Africa (1976-1977)
Honoree, Esquire Register, "The Best of the New Generation: Men and Women Under Forty Who Are Changing America," Esquire Magazine (1984)
Honoree, "Forty Good Neighbors," West Mount Airy Neighbors (1999)
M.B. Katz Award for Excellence in Teaching Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania
CGS/LPS Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania (2005)
Research Interests: 

-Coeditor, Critical Refusals, Special Issue 1, Radical Philosophy Review, Volume 16, No. 1 (2013).

-Coeditor, Critical Refusals, Special Issue 2, Radical Philosophy Review, Volume 16, No. 2 (2013).

-Editor, Special Issue, Radical Philosophy Review (forthcoming, 2016) on the continuing relevance of Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man (on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary)

-Coeditor, Great Refusal: The Critical Theory of Contemporary Social Movements (forthcoming)

-"Spontaneous Production: Critical Refusals and Erotic Economy," Jason Del Gandio and  AK Thompson, eds., Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (forthcoming)

-University Scholars Council, University of Pennsylvania

-Pre-Major College Advisor, University of Pennsylvania

-Penn Fulbright Committee, University of Pennsylvania

-Weigel Information Commons Faculty Advisory Group, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania

-Faculty Advisory Board, Penn Social Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

-Faculty Advisory Board, Penn International Business Volunteers, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

-Core Teaching Faculty, Alice Paul Center / Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, University of Pennsylvania 

-Faculty Affiliate, LGBT Center, University of Pennsylvania

-Editorial Advisory Board, Radical Philosophy Review

-Board of Directors, Bread and Roses Community Fund

-Secretary/Treasurer, International Herbert Marcuse Society

Quote: 
"If I can't dance and do critical urban studies, then I don't want to be a part of your revolution." —Emma Goldman (with a slight addition)