Deborah Hobden is a sociologist with interests in urban studies, globalization, and development. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara in December 2015. While at UCSB, she also completed a Doctoral Emphasis in Global Studies. She received a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College and an MA in Sociology from UCSB. Though interested in cities worldwide, her research has focused primarily on urban development in Africa. She is particularly interested in the intersections of globalization and development in urban Africa, and how notions of “desirable” development and their application in urban space are shaped by Africa’s position within the world-system. Deborah’s research has been supported by a UC Regents’ Central Fellowship and the UCSB Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship.
Currently, she is employed as a qualitative data consultant for the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, a program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and based at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.
In addition to her research, Deborah has experience teaching in a wide variety of fields within sociology, including introductory sociology, gender and sexuality, globalization and development, social theory, social psychology, urban sociology, and qualitative research methods.