Allen "Curtis" Edwards

Areas of Study: 

My primary research interests include urban political economy, power, culture, and metropolitan cooperation. My current research agenda focuses on integrating culture into analyses of urban political economy. I am interested specifically in how local culture shapes agenda-setting, coalition-building, and contention amongst community stakeholders. My dissertation research utilizes qualitative comparative analysis – including interviews with key stakeholders – to assess the impact of local political culture on mass transportation politics in Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Missouri.  In addition to my research and teaching endeavors, I have also been an active member of a community organizing non-profit in central Missouri – including serving as board chair for one year. I have had the opportunity to organize for social and economic justice issues such as predatory lending, fair and affordable housing, and Medicaid expansion. A Gus T. Ridgel Fellowship recipient, my previous degrees include a BA in Geography (urban systems emphasis) and an MA in Sociology at University of Missouri.

Research and Teaching: 
  1. Community and urban sociology
  2. Social movements and collective action
  3. Political economy  
  4. Race and ethnicity

Teaching Experience

  1. Introduction to Sociology
  2. Nonviolence in Peace/Democracy Movements (writing intensive course)
  3. Sociology of Sport
Awards and Honors: 
  • Research and Training Award, $500, University of Missouri Department of Sociology, Oct. 2014
  • Dissertation Research Award, $400, University of Missouri Graduate School, Oct. 2014
  • First Place – Graduate Student Paper Competition (co-authored with Chelsea Platt), Missouri Sociological Association, Awarded September 2012
  • Gus T. Ridgel Fellow, $10,000/year, University of Missouri Graduate School, Awarded Aug. 2009
Select Publications: 
  • Curtis Edwards.“Next Stop KC? Kansas City’s Complex Light Rail Journey.”Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, MO, March 2011
  • Curtis Edwards and Chelsea Platt.“Legitimating Organizational Membership: Bridging Economic and Cultural Explanations for Conference Realignment.”Missouri Sociological Association, Lake Ozark, MO, Oct. 2012
  • Andrew Bisto, A. Curtis Edwards, Andrew R.M. Fisher, and Kara E. McGhee. "Studentification without Students: Luxury Student Housing For Whom?" Midwest Sociological Society , Omaha, NE, April 2014
  • Kara E. McGhee, Andrew Bisto, A. Curtis Edwards and Andrew R.M. Fisher"Ivory Tower Apathy and Critical Advocacy Research." Midwest Sociological Society, Omaha, NE, April 2014