Bruce O'Neill, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Saint Louis University
PhD Stanford University
AM Stanford University
MSc London School of Economics
BA Villanova University

Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies. His ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006.

 Professor O’Neill’s first book project, Cast Aside: Bored and Homeless in Bucharest, Romania (under contract with Duke University Press)uses boredom as a window into the cultural politics of displacement in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. His next project, Notes from the Underground, is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. It examines the ways growing inequality produces deepening forms of poverty that take shape in sewer canals, basements, and Metro stations, for example.

 Professor O’Neill’s research appears in such journals as Public Culture (27:2), Cultural Anthropology (29:1),  Environment and Planning D (28:2), and a special issue of Ethnography (13:4), which he co-edited.  In the Summer 2015, he will be teaching SOC 493: Ethnographic Field School, and in Fall 2015, he will be teaching the courses Cultural Anthropology; Qualitative Research Methods; and Urban Issues.

Selected Publications

Contact Information: 

1923 Morrissey Hall
Saint Louis University
3700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Tele: 314-977-4278
Fax: 314-977-3623