Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Director
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies at the Graduate Center. She has many honors and awards, and has delivered invited lectures at universities and cultural institutions around the world. Among many publications, her prize-winning book is Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007). Current projects include a second edition of Golden Gulag, as well as several other book projects: Fatal Couplings: Essays on Motion, Racial Capitalism, and the Black Radical Tradition; and Big Things: Reconfigured Landscapes and the Infrastructure of Feeling. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and The Caribbean (IRADAC), and serves on the boards of many social justice, cultural, and scholarly formations in the US, Europe, and West Asia. She was a founding member of Critical Resistance, California Prison Moratorium Project, and other grassroots organizations.

Peter Hitchcock, Associate DirectorPeter Hitchcock
Peter Hitchcock
is Professor of English, Women’s Studies, and Film Studies at the City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center, and at Baruch College, CUNY. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Shanghai University. His most recent publications are The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Imaginary States: Studies in Cultural Transnationalism (University of Illinois Press, 2003). He has been the Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics since 2008.

Mary Taylor, Assistant DirectorMary
Mary N. Taylor is Assistant Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Her research focuses on sites, techniques and politics of civic cultivation, social movement, and cultural management; the relationship of ethics and aesthetics to nationalism and cultural differentiation, and people’s movements in interwar, socialist and post-socialist East-Central Europe and the Balkans. She specializes in studying, theorizing, and organizing radical and alternative pedagogical activities under different conditions of urbanization.  Cofounder of the Open University, Brooklyn, and of Brooklyn Laundry Social Club, she is on the editorial collective of LeftEast, and an organizer of an annual autonomous summer school that takes place in different locations in ‘postsocialist Eastern Europe’.  Currently, she is working on her book The Aesthetic Nation; Folk Dance, Populism and the Ethical Politics of Citizenship in Hungary. She has taught anthropology at Hunter College, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and urban methods and theory in the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons School of Design.



Advisory Board

Faculty Fellows

Libby Garland
Assistant Professor of History, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.
Libby Garland is Assistant Professor of History at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Irina Carlota (Lotti) SilberSilber Photo
Associate Professor, Anthropology, CCNY
Lotti Silber’s overarching work explores postwar processes in one of El Salvador’s former warzones and a region known for its peasant revolutionary participation. She documents what she terms the entangled aftermaths of war and displacement, aftermaths that have produced postwar deception and disillusionment and an “obligated” migration. Among her publications, Lotti’s book, Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador (2011),71.aspx received the 2013 International Latino Book Award in the Best First Book, Nonfiction category. Lotti remains committed to pursuing various ethnographic genres. For example, she has been recognized for her poetry as evidenced in a first prize poetry award for her poem “Nanita,” from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Currently she is pursuing two projects. The first builds from her longitudinal research and explores the Salvadoran diaspora in the United States and Europe with an attention to the tensions between militant logics and humanitarianism. The second project, The Texture of Illness, is a new ethnographic study of childhood genetic difference.


Postdoctoral Fellow

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Christina Heatherton is a historian and interdisciplinary scholar of social movements. Her work explores the intersections of race, class, and gender. She is the author of The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (forthcoming) and is currently editing a volume entitled The World Refuses: Global Struggles Against Racism and Imperialism, 1893-1933. Her work will appear in the volume Rising Tides of Color: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond edited by Moon-Ho Jung (University of Washington Press, 2014) among other places. She is the co-editor with Jordan T. Camp of Freedom Now! Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in LA and Beyond (2012). She received her Ph.D. from USC’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity in 2012 and is currently a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

Dissertation Writing Fellows

Keith Miyakekeithmiyake-20130930
PhD Candidate in Earth and Environmental Science
Keith Miyake is a Geography doctoral candidate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program. His work crosses the fields of political economic geography, environmental justice and environmental governance, critical race and ethnic studies, American studies, and Asian American studies. His dissertation research looks at the institutionalization of environmental and racial knowledges within the modern capitalist state as a spatialized form of biopolitics.

Preeti SampatPreeti
Right to Land and the Rule of Law: The ‘Exceptional’ Case of Special Economic Zones in India
Preeti Sampat is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation examines land and resource rights and conflicts with respect to infrastructure and urbanization policy in India. With a legal ethnography of the Special Economic Zones Act 2005 that traces its policy genesis and successful resistance against its implementation in Goa, her research interrogates contemporary capital accumulation processes, infrastructure and urbanization policy, changing relations to land and resources, social movements, and negotiations of citizenship and the state refashioning the ‘rule of law’ in India’s ‘liberalizing’ democracy. Before joining the doctoral program at CUNY Preeti was an activist with the rural collective of peasants and workers in Rajasthan in India Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and worked on state and national campaigns for the Right to Information, Employment Guarantee for Rural Workers and the Right to Food.

  • 2013. ‘Limits to Absolute Power: Eminent Domain and the Right to Land in India.’ EPW. Vol. XLVIII. No. 19.
  • 2010. ‘Special Economic Zones in India: Reconfiguring Displacement in a Neoliberal Order?’ City and Society. Vol. 22. No. 2
  • 2007: ‘‘Swa’-jal-dhara or ‘Pay’-jal-dhara—Sector Reform and the Right to Drinking Water in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.’ 3/2 Law, Environment and Development Journal. Available at
  • 2003: Economic Globalization Today. Bangalore: Books for Change.

Stephen McFarlandSteve-portrait
Doctoral Candidate in Geography, CUNY Graduate Cente
Steve is a PhD candidate in Geography in the Earth and Environmental Science program at the Graduate Center. His dissertation is on union halls in the 20th Century US labor movement, a project he has undertaken under the advisement of Ruth Wilson Gilmore and the late Neil Smith. His research interests lie in urban and cultural geography, labor studies, and GIS.


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PhD Candidate in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
Jacob Lederman is a PhD candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His work focuses on urban restructuring and social change in the aftermath of economic crisis in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Of central importance to his project is the way in which new configurations of touristic and cultural production have become the object of state innovation from above and a form of economic resource, conflict, and survival among everyday residents of the city. Jacob also teaches in the Sociology department at Hunter College, City University of New York.
Recent Publications:

  • 2013. “‘But this is a park!’ The Paradox of Public Space in Buenos Aires ‘No-Man’s’ Land”, Citizenship Studies, Vol.17, no.1, pp.16-30.

Noelia DIaz
PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Centerprofile picture

Noelia Diaz is a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature department at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research investigates how contemporary theater in Argentina and Ireland contributes to a more committed citizenship through its critique/s of the rise in inequality in both countries under Menem in the former, and the Celtic Tiger period in the latter. Argentina and Ireland lend themselves to parallel critiques because similar aggressive neoliberal economic policies were implemented in the 90′s in both countries that weakened their welfare states. The unresolved, dark endings of the plays can be interpreted as new points of departure for alternative discourses, communities, and social orders, and in doing so, create new forms of empowerment for the recently marginalized citizenships of Argentina and Ireland. Her research contributes to a more nuanced understanding of how theater’s intervention into the social sphere has the potential to generate a more critical understanding of transnational systems and interactions. Noelia Diaz currently teaches at John Jay College in the Theater and Communications Department.

Visiting Scholars

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Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Anthropology, Sussex University (UK)
Dimitris Dalakoglou is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. He is the co-editor of Revolt and Crisis in Greece and of Roads and Anthropology. Since 2012 holds an ESRC-Future Research Leaders grant for the project The City at a time of Crisis []. He is the author of various articles and book chapters e.g. neo-Nazism and neoliberalism, the crisis before the crisis, Beyond Spontaneity or the Road from capitalism to capitalism, Migrating-remitting-’building’-dwelling and the Road.  His PhD thesis was titled an Anthropology of the Road (UCL, 2009). Since 2007 is member of the editorial collective of the journal Occupied London and the weblog ‘From the Greek Streets’. See also Athens Social Meltdown and Landscapes of Emergency.

José Raimundo Sousa Ribeiro JuniorPicture - Jose Ribeiro Jr
Doctoral student at the Geography Department of the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil.
My current research is about the relation between the deterioration of food practices (production, purchase, preparation and consumption of food) and proletarianization. The key aim is to understand the existence of hunger and various forms of deterioration of food practices, by way of an interpretation that takes into consideration the role played by critical urbanization in our society. The first moment of the research is a critical review of the literature on hunger and food and then it focuses on the need for overcoming current understandings of these phenomena based on a critique of political economy that takes into account the production of space and everyday life. To carry out this research, we have selected two areas in the city of Sao Paulo (Bras and Grajau) with the aim of understanding how spatial differences in access to food have an impact on the proletariat’s daily life and on their diet.

Jarrett Martineau (Cree/Dene)JarrettMartineau-summer
Ph.D. Candidate, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria (Canada)
Jarrett Martineau is Cree/Dene from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta and a Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria. His research examines contemporary Indigenous political communication at the critical intersections of media, technology, art, aesthetics, music, and performance. His dissertation focuses on the role of art and creativity in Indigenous struggles for nationhood and decolonization. His work seeks to articulate strategies for resurgence and community renewal, through the dissemination of decolonial thought and practice, that are based on a commitment to Indigenous teachings and lifeways. Jarrett received an MA in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria, he is the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute (, a global new music platform to promote Indigenous music culture, and an organizer with the Indigenous Nationhood Movement. He is currently a 2013-14 Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

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Assistant Prof. Department of Sociology, Istanbul University (Turkey)
Murat Senturk received his MA from Istanbul University, Department of Sociology. His MA thesis was entitled “Life Strategies of the Indigent: The Districts of Küçük Mustafa Paşa and Balat (Istanbul) as Cases in Point.” Then, at the same department, he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled: “Urban Intervention in The City of Istanbul (1980-2010).” His research interests include urban interventions, the urban and politics, gentrification, housing, poverty, media and work. He is the editor-in-chief of the Turkish Journal of Business Ethics. While at CUNY, he will be studying “Motion, Reproduction and Standardization: Modernization and Secularization of Urban Spaces.” His research will focus on spaces of consumption, their relationships and values in Istanbul.
Selected Publications:

  • Şentürk, M. (2009). Poverty studies in Turkey [Türkiye’de Yoksulluk Çalışmaları]. The Journal of Sociology of Istanbul University, Volume 3, Issue 18, 205-233.
  • Şentürk, M. (2011). Urban renewal or sanitary engineering? Local attitudes toward intervention in Fener-Balat-Ayvansaray [Yenilemeye karşı sıhhileştirme: Fener-Balat-Ayvansaray’da kentsel müdahalelere yaklaşımlar]. The Journal of Sociology of Istanbul University, Volume 3, Issue 22, 395-422.
  • Şentürk, M., & Turğut, M. (2009). The professionals in Turkish media and their perceptions on the family. In M. Turğut & A. Abduşoğlu (Eds.), The research on family (pp. 53–96). Ankara: Turkish Republic Ministry of Family and Social Policies and General Directorate of Social Services.
  • Şentürk, M., & Turğut, M. (2009). The TV programs, advertisements and children. In M. Turğut & A. Abduşoğlu (Eds.), The research on family (pp. 97–133). Ankara: Turkish Republic Ministry of Family and Social Policies and General Directorate of Social Services.

Marina Sitrin
Marina received her PhD in Global Sociology from                                     Stony Brook University and her JD in International 

Women’s Human Rights from CUNY Law School. S

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Marina is the author of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina, Horizontalism is an oral history of the autonomous and affective based movements that emerged in Argentina in the wake of the 2001 economic collapse. In 2012 Marina published Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism & Autonomy in Argentina , which explores in depth the challenges the movements in Argentina have faced in the creation of autonomy and self-organization.  Also in 2012 she co-authored, with Dario Azzellini, Occupying Language: The Secret Rendezvous with History and the Present. Occupying Language describes some of the main areas around which the current movements organize and grounds these experiences from movements in the Americas from which we draw upon in our current movements, from assembly formations to the importance of territory and love. Marina and Dario have co-written and edited, They Can’t Represent US! Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy  to be released in June 2013 with Verso Press. This book is based in the voices of movement participants from Occupy, Greece, Spain, Argentina and Venezuela. It approaches democracy as a question – seeing the movements as rejecting the representational form and creating something else.

Marina’s work focuses on social movements and justice, specifically looking at new forms of social organization, such as autogestión, horizontalidad, prefigurative politics and new affective social relationships. While much of her most recent published work has been on the contemporary social movements in Argentina, she has worked throughout the Americas, Caribbean and Japan. Her current research includes the global mass assembly movements for ‘real democracy’ (from Greece, Spain and the US to Portugal, Brazil and Turkey).

Past Fellows