Robin Bartram

PhD Candidate in Sociology, Northwestern University
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN
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Bartram specializes in urban studies, housing, inequality, studies of urban regulation and legislation.  Her current research concentrates on the selective allocation of building code violations and the consequences vis-à-vis urban inequality. 

In the News

"Grenfell’s Problem Wasn’t Just Lax Regulation," Robin Bartram, CityLab, June 19, 2018.
"How Historic Role Models Leave No Room for Structural Inequality at the Tenement Museum," Robin Bartram, Work in Progress: Sociology on the Economy, Work and Inequality, May 2, 2017.


"Housing Historic Role Models and the American Dream: Domestic Rhetoric and Institutional Decision-Making at the Tenement Museum" Qualitative Sociology 40, no. 1 (2017): 1-22.

Compares institutional archives to observations of tours in order to examine how a museum dedicated to depicting tenements in effect obscures the institutional practices that necessitated tenement housing.

"Housing and Social and Material Vulnerabilities" Housing, Theory and Society 33, no. 4 (2016): 469-483.

Calls for attention to the myriad ways that render some people and certain housing types more vulnerable to state intervention (both punitive and subsidiary) than others.