Peter DeBartolo

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development


The Reimagining and Remapping of New York City's Urban Geographies through Post-9/11 NYPD Surveillance


Dr David Howard


Peter began his DPhil in 2017. He teaches global affairs at Adelphi University in New York, where he also oversees the university's signature program for aspiring global scholars and manages NGO relations with the United Nations. He has been named a Robert J. Myers Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and is a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has completed doctoral training in surveillance studies with the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance, and Privacy (CRISP) at the University of St. Andrews. Peter earned his MA in Political Science/Social & Political Theory at Central European University and his BA in Political Studies/Global & International Studies at Bard College.

Papers and lectures

Author & Presenter, Virtual Poster on "Ancestries of Interest" and "Locations of Concern": The Reimagining of Arab American urban geographies through post-9/11 NYPD surveillance in New York City (2003-2014). 2021 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. April 10, 2021. 

Guest Lecturer, Doctoral Research Seminar on Remapping urban geographies through post-9/11 surveillance: An analysis of the NYPD Demographics Unit (2003-2014) and its impact on targeted Arab American communities in New York City. The Graduate School, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, June 21, 2019.

Discussant & Rapporteur, Policy Working Group on Freedoms of Speech and Assembly (in the context of policing and urban space militarization), Roundtable Discussion with Special Advisor to New York State Governor for Policy and Community Affairs, organized by United Nations Association-USA, United Nations Foundation, New York, NY. 2017.

Research interests

critical security studies, international affairs, sociology of race/ethnicity, urban studies, politics and governance, sustainability, social and cultural geography, critical discourse analysis, interpretivist methodologies, post-colonial theory