Naomi Adiv, Assistant Professor (CLTA)

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), City University of New York

Other Degrees:
M.S., Community Development, University of California at Davis
B.A., Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Honours & Awards:
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2016, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University

Contact Information:

Office: Sidney Smith Hall, 5027B

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • – urban public space
  • – community development
  • – the social life of water (swimming, bathing, toilets)

Teaching This Academic Year:

JGI 346: Urban Planning Processes

PLA 1102: Planning Decision Methods

GGR 389: Public Space

GGR 271: Social Research Methods

Selected Publications:

Adiv, N. (2018). Review of City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy, Jeffrey Hou and Sabine Knierbein, Eds. (2017). Urban Studies.

Adiv, N. and L. Wolf-Powers. User fees, public life, and the permeability of public space at municipal pools and bathhouses in New York City, 1870 – present. Urban Geography. Forthcoming.

 Adiv, N. (2017). “Goodbye to the National Endowment for the Arts?,” Arts and International Affairs, 2:3. Autumn/Winter 2017.

 Adiv, N. (2017). “On being groped and staying quiet. Or, what kind of place an airplane can be,” Gender, Place and Culture.

Adiv, N. (2015). “Paidia meets Ludus: New York City Municipal Pools and the infrastructure of play,” Social Science History. 29:3.

Adiv, N. (2015). “Hardening Racial Lines in Public Space. A Comment on the McKinney Pool Episode,” Metropolitics, July 7, 2015. ( 

Adiv, N. (2015). “Paying to Play in the Mission District,” Metropolitics. February 16, 2015. (