Assistant Professor

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Specialties: Gentrification, Displacement, and Urban Studies; Migration and Ethnic Studies; State Theory and Political Sociology; Historical Sociology.

Kai Wen Yang earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has over a decade of teaching experience and has taught on topics including but are not limited to immigrant, gentrification, and displacement. Yang’s research project examines the process of displacement in Chinatown and the Lower East Side, two working-class migrant neighborhoods in Manhattan, NYC. The majority of the population includes (Afro-)Latinx, African American, and Asian American descendants. The project highlights rezoning as a multi-purpose instrument to unlock and/or to restrict real estate development potentials. It examines how different types of rezoning, for instance, downzoning and upzoning, are initiated and implemented in neighborhoods that are ethno-racially specific. Yang’s project also examines working-class politics that have cut across multiple status categories, which have emerged as a response to displacement. Yang is currently working on multiple journal articles and developing a book project.