Space and the CITY

Annika M. Hinze, Ph.D.

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I am an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University. I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and I have been living in the United States since 2004. I am very much an urbanist by passion. I grew up in a city that was more than just a city. It was fundamentally politically contested territory, divided in four allied zones. Berlin, under the 4-power status during the Cold War, was no-man’s land. It belong neither to the Federal Republic nor to the GDR. Growing up in West Berlin, we were citizens of the Federal Republic, but our passports were provisionary, since we were not residents of the Federal Republic of Germany. Growing up in such a contested and changing metropolis shaped my view of cities, and my approach to them.

My particular fascination is with cities and the people that live within them. Cities are so much more than just agglomerations of people. They more resemble larger living organisms, which are constantly re-transformed into something new by the great variety of people that are drawn to them and make them their own. They are the places where social, ethnic, racial and religious identities meet – sometimes with bright sparks and lots of smoke, like exposed electric wires – sometimes more softly, peacefully, and curiously, like long-lost relatives. And these meetings do not only transform the people who meet, but also the space around them.

My research and teaching focus on urban comparative politics, the politics of immigration, religious, ethnic and national identity, and urban neighborhood space.My first book, entitled Turkish Berlin: Integration Policy and Urban Space, which was published by the University of Minnesota Press in August 2013, explores the process in which 2nd generation Turkish immigrants in Berlin, Germany find a home in their urban immigrant neighborhood. Like them, the neighborhood feels neither exclusively German nor exclusively Turkish, but is a hybrid that lies somewhere in-between. A follow-up comparative article on 2nd generation Turk-Germans and Turk-Americans, born and raised in Germany and the United States, respectively, who “return” to their parents’ homeland, co-authored with Sherri Grasmuck, was published in February 2016.
While I am still deeply interested in immigration and identity formation, I have also expanded my research interests on the more “traditional” urban front. In 2013, my co-author, Jamie Smith, and I edited a special issue on North American urban politics for the Journal Urban Research and Practice.
I am currently working on a book project on large-scale urban development projects in Berlin, New York City, and Vancouver. In addition, I wrote a piece on gecekondu housing in Istanbul for the Middle East Institute’s Governing Megacities.

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This website is meant as a log of information on cities as organisms – from my own research and other sources. The particular focus is on the four cities that have transformed me: Berlin, where I grew up; Chicago, where I received my professional training; New York, where I live; and Istanbul, where my research is leading me.

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Annika Marlen Hinze

Department of Political Science | Fordham University 441 East Fordham Road | 676 Faber Hall | Bronx, NY 10458

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New York City from Staten Island Ferry. Personal photo.