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Florida International University
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Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199

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Faculty Profile: Professor Researching on Climate Gentrification and Community Resilience in Miami

Moses Shumow (PhD University of Miami) is an associate professor of Journalism and Media at Florida International University. He is co-author of “News, Neoliberalism, and Miami’s Fragmented Urban Space” (Lexington Books) on Miami’s racial, ethnic and class informational divide, and his research on media, geography, migration, race, and development has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journalism, Journalism Studies, Media, Culture & Society, and Journal of Urban Affairs. Dr. Shumow is also the director of “Liberty Square: Power, History and Race in Miami,” a documentary focused on a historic housing development as a critical commentary on the history of race and power in Miami.

About the MUFI Project – “Climate gentrification and community resilience in Miami”: A rush of recent media coverage and research has begun to recognize the phenomenon of climate gentrification. Building on this momentum, this two-part research project goes beyond headlines and talking points to provide a more nuanced, data-driven and contextualized picture of what climate gentrification looks like on the ground. It will include the voices and experiences of those being most impacted by this process as well as examine the ways in which residents of a fragile community in South Florida are confronting an uncertain future.

Dr. Shumow’s senior digital media capstone class will be working on this project during Spring 2019 as part of a community storytelling initiative. They will be gathering oral histories and telling stories of community change using aerial drone footage, digital video, 360 video, and data visualization/GIS mapping. The work will culminate in a community event in Hadley Park where the students’ work will be showcased and they will engage in a dialogue with residents, activists, and stakeholders about the future of the neighborhood and the role that climate change and gentrification will play moving forward.

“I see this project as a critical intervention in a vulnerable community, one that is currently facing the pressures of Miami’s latest period of hyper-development,” said Dr. Shumow. “My students and I will be seeking ways to engage in a collaborative and empathetic way, using our skills as media producers to help tell the story of community resilience and perseverance in a time of environmental uncertainty.”

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