Hi! I'm Katrina, an urban anthropologist living and people-watching in Philadelphia.
As an anthropologist, I'm curious about us - homo sapiens sapiens - and why we behave the way we do in society and spaces.
As an urbanist, I'm passionate about our cities - our unique man-made habitats - and how we can make them better for us mentally and physically.
As an urban anthropologist, I am committed to applying anthropological principles, research methods, and the lessons learned from our collective history to the present day. To this end, I have built my career around the specialization of behavior in public space: observing interactions between people and the built environment in the spaces between buildings.
But as a human being and woman I've also made it my goal to advocate for this shift in thinking - toward a more humanist approach to the building and management of our cities. With so many ideas out there about tech-centered "smart" cities, we need now more than ever to reevaluate our shared ideals for our urban future. It is my hope that through responsible measurement, evidence-based design, and humanist intent, we can create better cities for all of our fellow human beings.
You can find more information about my work and education on my LinkedIn page, and read more about what I was up to in 2017 in my year-in-review here. Below is my ongoing list (read: memory bank) of panel appearances, lectures, publications (and some fun stuff at the end). For inquiries regarding interviews and appearances, you can reach out to me here.
In-person appearances (Panels, lectures, and workshops)
[Upcoming] Speaker: Reshaping Rochester Speaker Series, "Sparking Change: Women in Design", May 31, 2018
[Upcoming] Panelist: America Walks Webinar Series, "Walking Towards Justice" (Episode 3), April 4, 2018
[Upcoming] Keynote Speaker: Shift: Streets, The Dalhousie School of Planning Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 2, 2018
Guest Lecturer: Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Masters in Urbanism Studies course instruction on urban anthropology and women-led cities, December 7 + 13, 2017
Urban Expert: Lindy Institute Urban Innovation Summit Workshops, October 30-November, 1 2017
Panelist: Urban Salon: The Feminist City, New York City, February 23, 2017
Speaker/Panelist: Stanford Human Cities@NYC: Explorations of the Smart City, NYC, November 17-19, 2016
Speaker/Panelist: Global Migration, Refugees, and a Role for Design, AIANY, October 24, 2016
Volunteer Facilitator: 14th Street "L-Ternatives" Community Design Workshop in Astoria, NYC, by Transportation Alternatives, September 26, 2016
Panelist: Urban Salon: The Mediated City, New York City, May 26, 2016
Speaker/Panelist: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future: The History of Social Science and Architecture, April 20, 2016
Presenter: Social Media Techniques for Public Space Advocacy, Placemaking: Making it Happen workshop, Project for Public Space, 2014
Heard/Read (Podcast conversations and Publications)
Interviewee: A former Portlander wants to know what ‘women led’ cities would look like, BikePortland.org, February 2018
Interviewee: ASU alum amplifies women’s voices in urban planning, ASU Now, February 2018
Author: An Open Letter to Cities: Let Your Women Lead, Multiple Cities, January 2017
Interviewee: What would a women-led city look like? This urban anthropologist wants to start that conversation, Generocity, January 2018
Author: Urban Planning Has a Sexism Problem, Next City, December 2017
Interviewee: Dream Cars, Landscape Architecture Magazine, November 2017
Contributor: 101 ways to improve your transportation in your city, Curbed, September 2017
Interviewee: Mansplaining the City, by Alissa Walker, Curbed, August 2017
Guest: The Parksify podcast with Ash Blankenship, Protests in Public Spaces, February 2017
Co-collaborator: Growing Culture - Cycling NYC, with Camilla Siggaard Andersen, Gehl Architects Blog, January 2017
Author: Syntax in the City, Peeps Magazine (print) Issue 02, 2016
Contributor: What Jane Means: 4 Women Urbanists Reflect on Their Relationship to Jane Jacobs, Metropolis Magazine, June 2016
Author: In Defense of Bias - On the nature of qualitative research, Peeps Forum (online), 2015
Author: On Placemaking: An Anthropologist's Perspective, Peeps Forum (online), 2015
Author: Placemaking News Roundup: Protesting in Public Space, Project for Public Spaces, December 2014 (among others written while Communications Manager at Project for Public Space)
Guest Author: PARK(ing) Day and the Future of Portland's Public Space, BikePortland.org, November 2013
Co-author: Urban Open Spaces in Historical Perspectives: A Transdisciplinary Typology and Analysis, Urban Geography, October 22, 2012
Author: Public Space and Urban Life: A Spatial Ethnography of a Portland Plaza, Master's Thesis, Portland State University, June 2012
- Author: Public Space and Protest: An Ethnographic Analysis of Alpha and Beta Camps at Occupy Portland (Draft for Discussion), Portland State University, December 2011
Extra goodies (Affiliations, volunteering, and other activity)
- Volunteer: 5th Square, Philadelphia's Urbanist PAC (January 2017-present)
- Thesis Advisor: Masters of Design Research program at Drexel University (September 2017-present)
- Collaborator: Fifteen Architecture + Design, Philadelphia (November 2017-present)
- "Hive" Member: Hive Public Space, New York City (September 2017-present)
- Committee Member: South Street Headhouse Square Design Committee, Philadelphia (July 2017-present)
- Founding Member: Social Science Research and Architecture committee at AIA NYC (2016-2017)
- Founding Member/Volunteer: Better Block Portland (Tactical Urbanism Group), Portland (2013-2014)