Daniel Kudla

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Guelph)

Research Interests
Policing, Urban Sociology, Local Governance, Urban Marginality, Social and Criminological Theory, Justification
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-7584
Em: dkudla@mun.ca
Office: A-4067
Personal Profile

Dr. Kudla is an urban sociologist, criminologist, and social theorist. His main area of focus is on the policing and revitalization of urban spaces and its implications on marginalized populations. He is particularly interested in studying the everyday politics and justification of urban policies and order maintenance strategies. His recent work focuses on the revitalization of commercial spaces; specifically, the role of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in the planning, organization, and control of contemporary urban spaces. He engages with various ideas within cultural sociology, the pragmatic sociology of critique, and critical urban studies.


Kudla, Daniel, and Michael Courey. 2019. “Managing Territorial Stigmatization from the ‘Middle’: The Revitalization of a Post-industrial Business Improvement Area”. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 51(2): 351-373.

Kudla, Daniel, and Patrick Parnaby. 2018. “To Serve and to Tweet: An Examination of Police-related Twitter Activity in Toronto”. Social Media and Society, 4(3): 1-13.

Kudla, Daniel. 2018. “Urban Authenticity as a Panacea for Urban Disorder? Business Improvement Areas, Cultural Power, and the Worlds of Justification”. In L. Tate and B. Shannon (Eds.), Planning for AuthentiCITIES (pp. 75-93). New York: Routledge.