Michan Andrew Connor is an independent scholar of urban and metropolitan studies. His research addresses the relationships between political boundaries, power and identity in metro Atlanta, with particular attention to the ways that localism, privatization, and taxpayer politics have emerged as defenses of white privilege in a notionally “postracial” society. This research illustrates relationships among place, identity, and inequality that are increasingly important in the metropolitan areas where 8 in 10 Americans live.
His work has been published in the Journal of Urban History, American Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Southern California Quarterly.
His research and teaching expertise more broadly includes race and ethnicity in American society, metropolitan environmental justice, urban and metropolitan history and politics, education reform, and the history of the late 20th century United States.
He has served as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and as a Visiting Scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University.
Visiting Scholar, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University, 2012-13
Assistant Professor (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Texas at Arlington, 2008-2016
PhD (American Studies and Ethnicity), University of Southern California, 2008
BA (American Studies), Northwestern University, 1998
Born Worcester, MA 1976