Areas of Research/Interest: Urban studies; media and cultural production; risk and disaster; race; theory.
Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He's also editor of the journal Public Culture, and an affiliated faculty member of the Wagner School of Public Service and the Department of Media, Culture, and Communications.
Klinenberg's latest book is Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, a sociological analysis of the greatest social change of the past sixty years that we have failed to name or identify. Critics have called Going Solo "trailblazing" (Vanity Fair), "fascinating" (Wall Street Journal), and "so important that is is likely to become both a popular read and a social science classic" (Psychology Today).
Klinenberg's first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, won six scholarly and literary prizes and was praised as "a dense and subtle portrait" (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker), "intellectually exciting" (Amartya Sen), and a "trenchant, persuasive tale of slow murder by public policy" (Salon). A theatrical adaptation of Heat Wave premiered in Chicago in 2008, and Judith Helfand is directing a feature documentary based on the book.
Professor Klinenberg's second book, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media, examines the how media consolidation and the rise of the Internet have transformed culture, journalism, and democracy. Since its publication, he has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and briefed the U.S. Congress on his findings.
Klinenberg is currently leading a major research project on climate change and the future of cities. Part of this work involves a sociological investigation of Superstorm Sandy and the challenge of adapting to the emerging age of extreme, dangerous weather. "Adaptation," is the first article from this research, appeared in the New Yorker in 2013.
In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Klinenberg appears often on public radio and television, and he has contributed to popular publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Fortune, Rolling Stone, The London Review of Books, Le Monde Diplomatique and the radio program This American Life.
At NYU, Professor Klinenberg teaches courses on cities, climate change, culture, and media, as well graduate seminars on research methods, ethnography, and urban design.
"Of risk and pork: urban security and the politics of objectivity" (with Andrew Lakoff). Theory and Society 39:503–525 (Fall 2010).
"When Chicago Baked." Slate.
"Disasters: Natural and Social." In These Times.
"Introduction: Cultural Production in a Digital Age" (with Claudio Benzecry). The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 597 (January 2005).
"Convergence: News Production in a Digital Age." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 597 (January 2005).
"Channeling into the Journalistic Field: Youth Activism and the Media Justice Movement." In Rodney Benson and Eric Neveu (Editors). Pierre Bourdieu and the Sociology of the Journalistic Field (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004).
"Overheated." Contemporary Sociology 33/5: 521-528, 2004.
"Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation." Ethnography 2/4: 499-529, 2001.
"Bodies That Don't Matter: Death and Dereliction in Chicago." Body and Society 7/3: 121-136, 2001. (Reprinted in Bodies as Commodities, London: Sage, 2002.)
"The Political Economy of Whiteness Studies."Souls 4/4: 52-55, 2002.
"Information et Production Numerique." Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales 134: 66-75, 2000.
"Denaturalizing Disaster: A Social Autopsy of the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave." Theory and Society 28: 239-295, 1999. (Revised and reprinted in Philippe Bourgois and Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Editors), Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology (London: Blackwell, 2003).
"Bourgeois Dystopias", a review essay of Dolores Hayden, Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000, and A Field Guide to Sprawl. The Nation (June 28, 2004).
"Neo-Catastrophism." London Review of Books (October 9, 2003).
"Strength in Numbers." Review of James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Washington Post Book World (September 7, 2004).
"To Have and Have Not." Review of Sir Michael Marmot, The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects our Health and Longevity. The Washington Post Book World (August 1, 2004).
"Contestation de l'ordre médiatique, Le Monde Diplomatique (April 2004).
"Fear and the City: After Madrid, Does Urban Life Have a Future?" New Statesman (March 22, 2004, cover story).