Chris Herring is a doctoral candidate of Sociology at the University of California Berkeley, where he's affiliated with the Global Metropolitan Studies Program and Center for Ethnographic Research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Poverty, Urban Sociology, Social Theory, Qualitative Methods, and Pedagogy.
His research focuses on the production and regulation of poverty and housing in US cities. Convening knowledge from across the social sciences Chris' research on the uneven reconstruction of Post-Katrina New Orleans, mass homeless encampments across Pacific Coast cities, and the management of homelessness in San Francisco has been featured in academic and popular publications of sociology, geography, anthropology, social movements, film, planning, architecture, community based research, and urban studies.
His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Center for Engaged Scholarship, the Berkeley Law School's Human Rights Center, the Empirical Legal Studies Workshop at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Sociological Initiatives Foundation.
Chris' research, writing, and teaching embraces the ideals of public sociology and community based research. He has collaborated on two major studies and publications with the National Coalition on Homelessness and San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, the latter where he continues to organize as a member of their Human Rights Workgroup. He has also collaborated on research with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, the Western Regional Advocacy Project, and ACORN. Chris regularly consults with think-tanks, county governments, and legal aid groups. He is an editor and co-founder of the new Berkeley Journal of Sociology: an online-first graduate run publication of public scholarship aimed at broadening the interpretive range and prospective application of social research to political struggles, emerging cultural trends, and alternative futures.
Before coming to Berkeley, Chris completed an MA in Social Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2010) and a BA in Economics from Bard College (2008). He also worked as a Project Manager in New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.