Christopher Mele


Christopher Mele.

Christopher Mele


Christopher Mele


Research Interests

Urban Sociology; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Urban Governance; Community Studies

Contact Information

430 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2417


Christopher Mele, PhD, is a professor in the UB Department of Sociology abd an urban sociologist. His current research interests include the geography of race and social exclusion and the impact and consequences of neoliberalism on urban policy, urban development, affordable housing and public space. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the UB Department of Geography.

Prof. Mele was awarded a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014, a Fulbright at the University of Hong Kong in 2004-2005, and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in 2003-2004.


  • PhD, New School for Social Research, New York, 1994

Selected Publications

  • Race, Space, and Exclusion: Segregation and Beyond in Metropolitan America (edited with Robert Adelman) Routledge, 2015.
  • “Urban Markets as a ‘Corrective’ to Advanced Urbanism: The Social Space of Wet Markets in Contemporary Singapore.” (co-authored with Megan Ng and May Bo Chim) Urban Studies. 2015.
  • Neoliberalism, Race, and the Redefining of Urban Redevelopment.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2013.
  • The Urban Sociology Reader, 2nd edition (edited with Jan Lin). Routledge. 2012.
  • Selling the Lower East Side: Real Estate, Culture and Resistance in New York City, University of Minnesota Press, 2000.