Allen "Curtis" Edwards
Graduate Student
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