Jonathan Lin

Jonathan Lin


Making Autonomy: Understanding Independence Through Policy and Practice

Dissertation Review Committee

Research Interest


My work is primarily in Disabilities and Organizations, with an emphasis on the urban environment. My first major work (which will soon be published) is "Normalizing Neglect: An Organizational Analysis of NYC Planning Failures for People with Disabilities." This paper is an analysis of The New York City Office of Emergency Management's lack of planning for people with disabilities during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Research into this failure led me to work with and develop and interest in studying CIDNY, an independent living organization. My dissertation, "Making Autonomy: Understanding Independence Through Policy and Practice" focuses on this organization as a case study of exploring 'autonomy-in-practice' by seeking to understand the nuance of how organizations engage with those they serve.


  • B.A. in Sociology, CUNY Brooklyn College


  • Social Research Methods, with Jacob Boersema (Spring 2017)
  • Social Research Methods, with Christel Kesler (Fall 2016)