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Robin Bartram
Assistant Professor
220G Newcomb Hall


PhD, Sociology, Northwestern University, 2018


Urban sociology, cultural sociology and knowledge, inequality, legal studies, gender and sexualities.


I study how combinations of housing regulations, material forms, legal imperatives, cultural narratives, and interpretations shape existing patterns in inequality.  

My current book project draws on a mixed-methods study of building inspections and code violations in Chicago.  The book challenges how urbanists conceptualize the growth machine and physical disorder.   

Other research projects addressing built environments and inequality include a study of a housing museum’s reliance on middle-class white domesticity and hardworking immigrants, and an archival project on the architectural mechanisms through which women’s residential clubs policed their residents and reproduced stratified class and gender relations in turn of the 20th century Chicago.


Robin Bartram. Forthcoming. “Going Easy and Going After: Building Inspections and the Selective Allocation of Code Violations.” City and Community.

Robin Bartram. 2018Emplacing Risks in the City: Class, Politics, Risk and the Built Environment of Women’s Residential Clubs, 1896-1917.” The Journal of Urban History 44(2): 219–238.

Robin Bartram. 2017. "Housing Historic Role Models and the American Dream: Domestic Rhetoric and Institutional Decision-Making at the Tenement Museum.” Qualitative Sociology 40(1):1-22.

Robin Bartram. 2016. "Housing and Social and Material Vulnerabilities." Housing, Theory and Society 33(4): 469-483.