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Urban Ethnography Lab

The Urban Ethnography Lab was founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, under the direction of Professor Javier Auyero, with the purpose of bolstering qualitative and ethnographic research. Housed in the UT Sociology department, the lab is a collaborative academic space that works to foster engagement with and training in the ethnographic method.

To further these objectives, the Ethnography Lab organizes a variety of events, including: conferences and symposiums; qualitative analysis software workshops; a brown bag series for associated graduate students and faculty to workshop manuscripts and proposals; and talks by invited speakers. Speakers scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year include Loic Wacquant, Anima Adjepong, Kate Henley Averett, and Rebecca Elliot. The Ethnography Lab also encourages graduate student enrollment in the Ethnographic Sequence, a two-course series on the ethnographic method, and annually awards fellowships to graduate students in the Sociology department to conduct summer fieldwork.

The Director of the Ethnography Lab during the 2021-2022 academic year is Dr. Daniel Fridman, and the Graduate Student Managers are Ɓgueda Ortega and Jess Goldstein-Kral. For more information, the managers can be reached at utethnolab [at] gmail [dot] com and please visit the Urban Ethnography Lab Website (