Alex Werth

PhD candidate, geography, UC Berkeley
BA, urban studies, Brown University '09


I’m a writer, curator, and DJ.  My dissertation looks at the regulation of expressive practices, spaces, and groups within the framework of public safety as a driver of cultural foreclosure and communal displacement in Oakland, CA.  It also looks at how many of those same practices, especially music and dance, enable ways of listening, feeling, and acting together that run counter to notions of “the public” written into law, plan, and property.  I DJ as Wild Man.

“‘Gentrification’ as a grid of meaning: On bounding the deserving public of Oakland First Fridays.”  City, 20(5), pp. 719-736.  Co-authored with Eli Marienthal.