The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Expanding Optics, Upending Illusions: Re(sident)-centering the development debate in LIC”
Kristen Hackett is a PhD candidate in the environmental psychology program at The Graduate Center, CUNY, a GC Digital Fellow in the Digital Scholarship Lab, and a co-coordinator of OpenCUNY, a academic platform made by and for GC students. She also works with the Justice For All Coalition, a group fighting for fair and decent housing and livable jobs in Western Queens. Her dissertation work examines how, why and to what ends residents in NYC are organizing through the lens of Western Queens, home of both the fastest growing neighborhood and the largest public housing development in the country.