ON WALLS is a small, independent and free research group on walls and practices related to walls (planners, administrators, investors, muralists, graffiti writers, street artists, designers, advertisers…) in the context of contemporary urban environments. Please see the "About" page for more info.


Maggie Dickinson


Maggie Dickinson is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.  Her research interests include urban political economy, race, class and culture.  Her work explores the often contentious relationship between the neoliberal city and emergent cultural practices like graffiti and urban agriculture.  She is particularly interested in how hegemonic discourses are created around these cultural practices, which attempt to carve a commons out of the hyper privatized landscape of the city, and the ways that these discourses invoke race, class and gender distinctions to distort, celebrate, criminalize or otherwise transform the practices themselves. Recent publications include:

“The Making of Race, Place and Space: New York City’s War on Graffiti, 1970 – Present”. Critique of Anthropology, 2008;28;27

“How the Labor Movement Got Away from Us”. New Politics Vol. IX, No. 4

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