Dr. Carter M. Koppelman

Carter Koppelman

Carter M. Koppelman

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Phone:  (561) 297-3000 
Email: ckoppelman@fau.edu
Office: CU 262/Boca Campus

Research: Contentious & Everyday Politics; the State; Housing; Urban Sociology; Development & Globalization; Gender; Ethnography; Latin America.
Teaching: Development & Globalization; Global Social Change; Urban Sociology; Social Theory; Global Studies.


Carter Koppelman received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley, and joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 2019. He is broadly interested in how individuals and movements pursue dignity in unequal societies, and uses political ethnography to study the impact of social policies on people’s sense of citizenship and their everyday engagements with the state. His doctoral dissertation examines how market-oriented housing policies shaped poor city-dwellers’ struggles for urban inclusion in Santiago, Chile, and São Paulo, Brazil. While such policies are widespread in Latin America, his comparative ethnography shows how they interact with local dynamics of state-citizen engagement to produce divergent housing conditions and lived meanings of inclusion across urban contexts. Professor Koppelman has recently published research in Qualitative Sociology, Latin American Perspectives, and City & Community. He is currently working two manuscripts analyzing the gender politics of housing provision in Brazil and Chile, and a book chapter on São Paulo’s contributions to global urban sociology. 

In the classroom, Professor Koppelman is dedicated to helping students develop critical and global perspectives on the social forces that affect their lives and communities. He teaches sociology courses on classical social theory, development & globalization, social change, and various aspects of cities and urban life. He also collaborates with faculty across the College of Arts & Letters to offer interdisciplinary courses on global citizenship, race, and urbanism. 

Recent Publications

Koppelman, Carter. 2021. “Inclusion in Indignity: Seeing the State and Becoming Citizens in Chile’s Social Housing.” Qualitative Sociology

Koppelman, Carter. 2018. “‘For Now, We Are in Waiting’: Negotiating Time in Chile’s Social Housing System.” City & Community 17(2).

Koppelman, Carter. 2017. “Deepening Demobilization: The State’s Transformation of Civil Society in the Poblaciones of Santiago, Chile.” Latin American Perspectives 44(3): 46-63.