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About Naomi Adiv

Naomi Adiv is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, where she primarily teaches in the undergraduate program in Community Development. Her research interests include public space, the social relations of state infrastructure, and the idea of community.

Dr. Adiv graduated in September 2014 with a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Geography program at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC-Berkeley, and an MS in Community Development from UC-Davis. She also earned a certificate from the nonfiction program at the CUNY Writer’s Institute.

Her dissertation, The Amphibious Public: A historical geography of municipal swimming and bathing, New York City, 1870 – 2013, is based in ethnographic and archival research on public swimming pools and bathhouses.

Naomi has taught courses in Urban Studies, Public Space, Community Arts and Community Development at Hunter College, Queens College (including the Macaulay Honors College) and the Fashion Institute of Technology in the program on Sustainable Interior Environments.

Prior to graduate school, Naomi worked largely in youth development through summer camps and after-school programs; her academic work is largely an extension of what she learned in those settings.


2014 Present Assistant Professor, Portland State University Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning

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