Urban Studies announced in late February that Tomás Jiménez, Associate Professor of Sociology and of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, had been named the new faculty co-director of Urban Studies, effective September 1, 2019. Professor Jiménez is a scholar of immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His books include The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (2017) and Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity (2010). He is a longtime faculty affiliate of the Program on Urban Studies.
Zephyr Frank, Professor of Latin American History, Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies, and the current faculty co-director of Urban Studies, said in an email, “I cannot think of a better person [than Professor Jiménez] to help lead Urban Studies as it continues to evolve, to grow (we hope!), and to serve a diverse community of scholars and students at Stanford.”
Michael Kahan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and co-director of Urban Studies, also welcomed the decision, noting Professor Jiménez’s close ties with the program. Professor Jiménez “has advised a number of Urban Studies honors theses, and has taught many of our students in his undergraduate courses on the sociology of immigration,” said Kahan in an email to program students and faculty. “His current research includes a study of how Silicon Valley residents find housing in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, a project that promises to make an important contribution to our understanding of housing not only in our region, but nationally.”
Kahan also thanked Professor Frank for his two terms of service to the program as faculty co-director. “Zephyr has devoted himself deeply to the welfare of the program and our students, and has steered the program steadily through occasionally rough waters,” Kahan noted. “Most recently he participated in a grant-funded effort to renew the Introduction to Urban Studies course, and he is currently co-teaching the course with me and assistant director Deland Chan.”
“It’s an exciting time for the Urban Studies program,” added Kahan. “We’ve seen an increase in student interest and enrollments over the last few years. With Professor Jiménez’s energy and commitment, we’re in a great position to continue to grow and evolve.”