Department of Sociology


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. Recent speakers include Abigail Andrews, Loic Wacquant, Kimberly Kay Hoang and Shamus Khan. It 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 2020-2021 academic year is Dr. Daniel Fridman, and the Graduate Student Managers are Alison Coffey and Erika Slaymaker. For more information, the managers can be reached at utethnolab [at] gmail [dot] com and please visit the Urban Ethnography Lab Website (

  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086