About Tony C Sparks


(415) 338-3689


Instructional Faculty

College of Health and Social Sciences


HSS Building (HSS)



At SF State Since:



Dr Sparks is an Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning in the School Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. He received his M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington. His research and teaching interests fall at the intersection of poverty, law, and social policy with a particular emphasis on homelessness and housing informality. He has published several articles on the implications and complications of life in a homeless encampment in Seattle Washington.  His current research focuses on the everyday legal regulation of the bodies, spaces, and habitations of the informally housed in San Francisco.

In addition to the introduction and capstone courses in USP, he teaches courses related to law and urban social policy.  These courses include USP 480: Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis, USP 513: Politics, Law and the Urban Environment, USP 560: Urban Poverty and Politics, and USP 570 Urban Health Policy.