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McNair Scholar 2011Donald Lynn Wilhite II

Octavia Cheatom is a junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Kinesiology and African American Studies. Her research interests are centered on sport sociology and the impact that culture has on those who participate in sport. Ms. Cheatom plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

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My dream is to be a co-owner of a private practice where professional and collegiate athletes can receive rehabilitative treatment, which will include physical therapy, acupuncture, and psychology.

Research project

Global City Making in Cairo: The Roots and Routes of a New Urban Politics

Abstract: In the highly publicized Arab Spring revolutions Cairo, Egypt has become the center of recent world news. These revolutions are deeply rooted in a history of inequalities produced by the actions of international finance organizations. Through the historical analysis of past scholarship on the impact of these organizations, we can begin to answer the question of why there is so much urban protest within the city. Since the 1970’s, IFOs have implemented their economic policies on Egypt. These policies were based on western ideologies reducing the importance of the culture of Egypt. The government and Cairene elite have constantly supported this system, often bringing them wealth at the expense of the poor. These policies have constantly failed the people of the country and led to a greater division between rich and poor. Through understanding the history of these policies, it becomes clear that foreign aid and global city making techniques are harmful to the majority of people within the city. In the future, aid must better consider the needs of the people and the culture of the country to be successful. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Michael Goldman is currently an associate professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Dr. Goldman attended University of California Santa Cruz where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1994. His research specializes in the study of Transnational, Political, Environmental, and Development Sociology, Global Cities and Transnational Institutions. Dr. Goldman is published in multiple research journals and has presented his work at conferences worldwide. Dr. Goldman is serving as a McNair faculty mentor for his first year.