This page showcases a variety of urban research and engagement projects of Trinity students in Hartford and American and world cities. The content demonstrates the critical importance, varied opportunities, and beneficial learning outcomes for Trinity students to be actively participating in and engaged with urban and global topics at a prominent city-based liberal arts college.

Student Research Projects

Joint Student Research on CPEC

Global

Even as more Trinity students carry out summer research project supported by funding sources at CUGS, it remains rare for

Joint Student Research on CPEC

IHP Urban Blogs

Research

We are Eli and Alex, juniors studying abroad through the International Honors Program: Cities in the 21st Century. As Urban

IHP Urban Blogs

Published Work

We feature published works by Trinity students and in collaboration with faculty.
Chen, Xiangming and Curtis Stone (Trinity Class IDP ’10). 2017. “Rethinking Border Cities: In-Between Spaces, Unequal Actors and Stretched Mobilities Across the China-Southeast Asia Borderland.” Pp. 479-501 in The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chen, Xiangming and Taylor Lynch Ogan (Trinity Class ’18). 2016. “China’s Emerging Silicon Valley: How and Why Has Shenzhen Become a Global Innovation Centre.” The European Financial Review (December/January): 55-62.
Ogan, Taylor Lynch (Trinity Class ’18) and Xiangming Chen. 2013. “The Rise of Shenzhen and BYD—How a Chinese Corporate Pioneer is Leading Greener and More Sustainable Transportation and Urban Development.” The European Financial Review (Feb/March): 32-39.
Chen, Xiangming and Julia Mardeusz (Trinity Class ’16). 2015. “China and Europe: Reconnecting Across a New Silk Road.” The European Financial Review (February/March): 5-12.
Chen, Xiangming and Ivan Su (Trinity Class ’16). 2014. “A Different Global Power? Understanding China’s Role in the Developing World.” The European Financial Review (June/July): 2-7.
Chen, Xiangming, Pallavi Banerjee, Gaurav Toor (Trinity Class ’14), and Ned Downie (Yale Class ’14). 2014. “China and South Asia: Contention and Cooperation Between Giant Neighbors.” The European Financial Review (April/May): 10-16.
Moser, Ezra (Trinity Class ’10). 2013. “Re-imagining Portland, Maine: Urban Renaissance and a Refugee Community.” Pp. 169-190 in Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon (Trinity Class ’10). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books
Chen, Xiangming and Curtis Stone (Trinity Class IDP ’10). 2013. “China and Southeast Asia: Unbalanced Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.” The European Financial Review (August): 7-11.
Bacon, Nick (Trinity Class ’10) and Xiangming Chen. 2013. “Introduction: Once Prosperous and Now Challenged: Hartford’s Transformation in Comparative and Global Perspectives” Pp. 1-18 in Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Chen, Xiangming and Nick Bacon  (Trinity Class ’10). 2013. “Conclusion: Inheritance, Inertia, and Inspirations: The Potential Remaking of Hartford.” Pp. 276-286 in Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Chen, Xiangming and Henry Fitts (Trinity Class ’12). 2013. “Contemporary Metropolitan Cities.” Pp. 770-790 in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History, edited by Peter Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Liu, Chang (Trinity Class ’12) and Xiangming Chen. 2012. “The Third Coming of China’s Special Economic Zones: The Rise and Regional Dimensions of Tianjin Binhai New Area.” Pp. 127-149 in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna. New York: Routledge.
Chen, Xiangming and Tomás de’Medici (Trinity Class ’11). 2012. “From a Fishing Village via an Instant City to a Secondary Global City: The ‘Miracle’ and Growth Pains of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in China.” Pp. 107-126 in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna. New York: Routledge.
Chen, Xiangming and Michael Magdelinskas (Trinity Class ’11). 2012. “Epilogue: Second May Be Best: Theorizing the Global Urban from the Middle.” Pp. 248-253 in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna. New York: Routledge.
Chen, Xiangming and Chang Liu (Trinity Class ’12). 2011. “The Pan-Yellow Sea Sub-region: Chinese Perspectives.” Pp. 217-244 in Collaborative Regional Development in Northeast Asia: Towards a Sustainable Regional and Sub-regional Future, edited by Won Bae Kim, Yue-man Yeung, and Sang-Chuel Choe. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
Chen, Xiangming and Tomas de’Medici (Trinity Class ’11). 2010. The ‘Instant City’ Coming of Age: The Production of Spaces in China’s Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Urban Geography 31 (8): 1141-1147.

 

Senior Theses

This list shows some of the best senior theses on urban and global issues completed by recent Trinity graduates from the Urban Studies program and other departments and programs including International Studies and American Studies.

Margaret Brown ’17: “’I’m Doing Time on the Outside’: A Study of the Effects of Parental Incarceration on the Life Outcomes of Adolescent Children in the City of Hartford.”
*First-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Caroline Feeney ’17: “A Fractured Legacy: The Governance, Goals and Guides of the Hartford Park System”.
Xinyi (Ellen) Liu ’17: “From Explosion to Evolution: The Rapid Growth and Uncertain Future of Yanjiao, a New “Sleeping” Satellite City in an Emerging Mega-Region in China”.
Austen L. Peterson ’17: “Exporting Strategies for Urban Livability: Examining Copenhagen, Denmark as a Model City for Quality of Life Generated through Urban Design”.
*Second-place winner for the Grossman Global Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Chinmay Rayarikar ’17: “Rwanda: Development towards Authoritarianism?”
*First-place winner for the Grossman Global Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Thomas B. Rice ’17: “The Insurance Capital and the Creative Capital: A Comparative Study of Urban Development in Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut”.
Hunter Drew ’16: “In the Shadows ‘Neath the Elms’: Mapping the Racial and Spatial Dynamics of Trinity”.
*First-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Simona L. Fried ’16: “Can Neighborhood Change Theory Explain the Changes of Woodstock, Cape Town?”
*Second-place winner for the Grossman Global Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Abigail Siebert ’16: “A City Caught In the Crossfire: A Study of Urban Gang Culture in Hartford, Connecticut”.
*Second-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Ruzhe (Ivan) Su ’16: “The Emergence and Shift of the “Chocolate City”: The Socio-spatial Dimensions of the African Community in Southern China and Its Implications”.
*First-place winner for the Grossman Global Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Salima Etoka ’15: “A City in the Making: An Analysis of the Built Environment, Lived Experiences, and Perceptions of Pikine, Senegal”.
Mary Daly ’15: “The Significance of a Hispanic Commercial Corridor: Ownership, Business, Power and Community on Park Street, Hartford”.
Bridget Maguire ’15: “The Capabilities of the Front Street District: A Study of Redevelopment Projects in Downtown Hartford”.
Ambar Paulino ’15: “Weaving Urban and Ivy: Columbia University’s Role in Transforming West Harlem”.
*First-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Chloe Shiras ’15: “Exploring DACA Recipients’ Access to Higher Education in Connecticut”.
*Second-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Jacob Miller ’14: “Subprime Disaster Capitalism in New Haven”.
*Second-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Sarah Kacevich ’13: “Accessing Human Rights through Faith-based Social Justice and Cultural Citizenship: Hartford’s Low-income Latino Immigrants“.
*First-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Will Kaplan ’13: “Neighborhood Organization, Community Policing, and Crime: The Power of Community in Hartford”.
Monica Roldan-Rodriguez ’13: “A Mismatched Dubai: A Glamorous Globalizing City vs. A Contentious Local Identity“.
*Second-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Ananya Sahay ’13: “India’s Boom Towns: Socio-Economic Consequences of Information Technology-Led Development in Chennai and Bangalore – Analysis post 1991 Liberalization Reforms in India“.
*Second-place winner for the Grossman Global Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Chang Liu ’12: “Shallow Urbanization in China: Causes, Impacts and Policy Implications“.
*First-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Alexandra Stein ’11: “Mapping Residential Segregation in Baltimore City“.
*Second-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.
Ezra H. Moser ’10: “Re-Imagining Portland, Maine: Integrating a Refugee Community“.
*Second-place winner for the Levy Urban Fund Senior Thesis Prize.

 

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