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Collins Stanley
Fellowship Start Year



First Year

Research Topic

Music Venues and Gentrification in Philadelphia


Stanley Collins

Weitzman School of Design


Stanley Jamal Collins is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design in the Department of City and Regional Planning and an affiliate in the Population Studies Center at Penn. His current research examines how soundscapes (e.g., musical genre) and music venues affect place reputation and processes of neighborhood change. Using Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood as a case study, this research relies on ethnographic methods and engages scholarship in urban sociology, city and regional planning, music and sound studies, urban policy, and critical geography. This research agenda is particularly relevant as music venues are increasingly becoming central features of cities, being placed in residential areas (rather than “entertainment districts”), while also paying attention to how such institutions have the capacity to change, and at times, exploit, urban landscapes, and the people that inhabit such places. Prior to becoming a Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanley earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University, where he was also a Graduate Fellow in the College of Liberal Art’s Public Policy Lab. He holds a M.S. in sociology from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in economics from Morehouse College.

Postdoc Appointment

  • City & Regional Planning
Penn Faculty Mentor
  • Lance Freeman, Ph.D.


  • 2023, Ph.D. Sociology, Temple University
  • 2016, M.S., Sociology, Oklahoma State University
  • 2014, B.A., Economics, Morehouse College
Disertation Title

You Can't Just Land On The Moon and Have A Rock Club: A Case Study of Racialization, Gentrification, and Place Reputation in Fishtown.

Research Advisors
  • Lu Zhang, Ph.D.