Sharon Cornelissen

IMG_9979Sharon Cornelissen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. She received her Master in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor in Liberal Arts at University College Utrecht, in the Netherlands.

Her research interests include ethnography, urban sociology, social inequality, race and ethnicity, the sociology of culture and sociological theory.

For her dissertation, she is conducting multiyear ethnographic fieldwork in a poor, depopulated neighborhood in Northwest Detroit. She is looking at the challenges and inequalities that come with “greening” initiatives as a way to fight blight, and revitalize poor neighborhoods.

Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Princeton University Program in American Studies. She has published an article in Theory and Society based on previous ethnographic research with dumpster divers in New York City.

Cornelissen is a first-generation college student, and is originally from Dongen, a town in the south of the Netherlands.

You can contact her at sjcc [at]