New Faculty


Ricardo Cardoso
Faculty Fellow



Ricardo Cardoso is a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He earned his doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of California Berkeley and he holds a master’s degree in urban development planning from University College London and a civil engineering degree from the University of Porto. Ricardo works on the politics of development and change in African cities with a focus on urban and planning theory. 

He also does research on the Portuguese planning system and he is interested in the fields of transnational urbanism and globalization studies. In his dissertation, “The Crude Urban Revolution: Land Markets, Planning Forms and the Making of a New Luanda”, an in-depth study of two decades of social, spatial, and institutional change in the capital city of Angola, Ricardo examines critical intersections between development trajectories, petroleum extraction, and urbanization on the African continent. At NYU, he is embarking on a new project focusing on Brazilian modes of city-making in contemporary Angola. Shifting the vantage point of his research to look at Luanda from Brazil, Ricardo is now studying the processes by which forms of urbanism have been traveling across the Southern Atlantic.

Tao Leigh Goffe
Faculty Fellow



Tao Leigh Goffe is Faculty Fellow in the Africana Studies Program. Dr. Goffe joins New York University's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis from Princeton University where she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate. There she organized symposia on themes including Afro-Asian literature, music, and decolonization.Dr. Goffe received her bachelor's degree in English with a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University (2009).

 In 2015, she earned a PhD in American Studies from Yale University where she specialized in literature and cultural production of black and Asian diasporas. She has presented her work at conferences internationally in Liverpool; Paris; and Tampere, Finland.

A native of London, she also grew up in New York and New Jersey. An interdisciplinary scholar of postimperial critical theory and the formations of modernity, race, gender, and sexuality, Dr. Goffe's research employs methodologies of cultural history and literary criticism to examine questions of diaspora, exclusion, and authenticity. Her research interests include Afro-Asian cultural representations and the entangled afterlives of slavery and indenture as they relate to black and Asian subcultures and diasporas in the US, UK, and Caribbean. Dr. Goffe's current book project, Enmeshed Intimacies: Archives of Indenture and Slavery in the Atlantic World, assembles a North Atlantic archive comprised of novels, recipes, music, and vernacular photography centered in the microclimates of the plantation and the "coolie" ship.

Her recent work has been published in Small Axe salonTransforming AnthropologyAnthurium, and Oxford University Press's Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

In her spare time, she enjoys attending roundtable discussions at the Council on Foreign Relations and DJ'ing.

Sophie L. Gonick
Assistant Professor



Sophie L. Gonick joins the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as Assistant Professor. She holds an AB in European History from Harvard College (2005), and a Master’s in City Planning (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) from the Department of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Committed to interdisciplinary methods of inquiry, Dr. Gonick is interested in race and gender, property regimes, and activism across Southern Europe and Latin America. 

Her recent research examines mortgage lending and financialization, immigrant activism, and contemporary urban mobilizations in Spain. She has also written about squatting and urban informality in Madrid, including the article ‘Interrogating Madrid’s Slum of Shame: Urban Expansion, Race, and Placed-Based Activism in the Cañada Real Galiana,’ in Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. She has published in top planning and geography journals, including Society and Space and IJURR: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research. She is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled At the Margins of Europe: Property, Personhood, and Protest in Madrid, 1939-2014. While at NYU she will play an active role in developing urban humanities across the College of Arts and Sciences and the University.

Prior to joining SCA, Dr. Gonick was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. At Berkeley, she served as the coordinator for the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). She received the 2016 Anthony Sutcliffe Memorial Award for best dissertation, awarded biennially from the International Planning History Society.


Cecilia Márquez
Assistant Professor 



Cecilia Márquez is an Assistant Professor in Latino/a Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. She earned her MA and PhD in American History at the University of Virginia. She also holds a BA in Black Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Swarthmore College.

Her first book project, “The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/as and the Making of the U.S. South, 1940-1970,” examines the social and cultural history of Latinos in the post-World War II South.

She traces the history of Latino/as, primarily Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans, during the demise of Jim Crow segregation and their transformation from an ethnic group to a racial one. Her work helps historicize contemporary Latino/a migration to the U.S. South and emphasizes the importance of region in shaping Latino/a identity. Her second book project is a history of Latino/as in the culture wars of the second half of the twentieth century. It will examine the role of Latino activists and politicians on both sides of debates over abortion, gay liberation, and feminism, placing Latinos at the center of a narrative heretofore organized around evangelical politics and the rise of the right.

Márquez's work has been recognized by several organizations for its contributions to the study of American History and Latino/a Studies. In 2016 she received an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Prior to this she has been awarded a Smithsonian Latino/a Studies Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History, the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Praxis Fellowship in Digital Humanities at University of Virginia Scholar’s Lab.