Urban Studies & Planning

Alyssa Ribeiro

Allysa Ribeiro
(818) 677-2904
Office location:
Sierra Hall 220



  • PhD History, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • MA History, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • BS History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Tech, 2004

Courses Taught

  • URBS 150 – The Urban Scene

Selected Publications

  • “‘A Period of Turmoil’: Pittsburgh’s April 1968 Riots and Their Aftermath,” Journal of Urban History 39, no. 2 (March 2013): 147-171.
  • Review of Latinos in Dixie: Class and Assimilation in Richmond, Virginia, by Debra J. Schleef and H. B. Cavalcanti, Journal of American Ethnic History, forthcoming.
  • Review of The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey, by Walter D. Greason, Journal of African American History 98, no. 2 (2013): 333-34.
  • Review of Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South,by Leslie Brown, Oral History Review 36, no. 2 (2009): 311-33.

Selected Presentations

  • “New ‘Faces and Accents’: Racial Transition and Turmoil at Philadelphia’s Lighthouse Settlement, 1969-1972,” 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 2014.
  • “Multiracial Grassroots Activism in North Philadelphia, 1970s-80s,” Urban History Association 6th Biennial Conference, New York, NY, October 2012.
  • “Citizen Participation or Manipulation? The Battle over Resident Influence in the Model Cities Planning Process in Philadelphia,” 17th Annual American Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Texas, Austin, September 2009.
  • “‘A Period of Turmoil’: Pittsburgh’s April 1968 Riots and Their Aftermath,” Oral History Association 42nd Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2008.

Research Interests

Alyssa Ribeiro is a historian of late twentieth-century American cities and race. Her dissertation considered black and Puerto Rican relations in postwar Philadelphia, and she previously studied the aftermath of Pittsburgh’s 1968 riots and community responses to urban renewal in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript on the evolution of urban social movements from the 1960s to the 1980s.