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Eric Klinenberg

Professor of Sociology ; Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge

Ph.D. 2000 (Sociology), M.A. 1997 (Sociology), University of California, Berkeley; B.A. 1993 (History/Philosophy), Brown University.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4126, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

By appointment.


(212) 998-8375

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Urban Studies; Climate Change and the Environment; Risk and Disaster; Culture and Media.

Curriculum Vitae





Climate Change and the Future of Cities (Duke University Press 2016)
Duke University Press.



Modern Romance: An Investigation (with Aziz Ansari)
The Penguin Press.

Listen to Klinenberg and Ansari on This American Life.

Read an Op-Ed in the New York Times.

Winner of GoodReads Best Non-Fiction of 2015 Award.



Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
The Penguin Press.

Read an excerpt in Fortune.

Read an author interview in Smithsonian Magazine.

Listen to a story from Going Solo on this podcast from This American Life.



Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media
Metropolitan Books.

Bill Moyers interviewed Eric Klinenberg about his latest book, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media, on the PBS special, The Net at Risk.

See the video here.

Click here to see Klinenberg's appearance on Democracy Now!

Click here to read Klinenberg's recent Idea Lab story in the New York Times Magazine.



Cultural Production in a Digital Age: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Sage Publications.



Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
University of Chicago Press.

  • Heat Wave is now a play. Two theater companies, Pegasus Players and Live Bait, have combined to stage a theatrical adaptation that runs from February 25 to April 6 in Chicago. Click here to read more about the production.
  • Best Book in Sociology/Anthropology by the Association of American Publishers.
  • Urban Affairs Association Book Prize.
  • Chicago Tribune, Favorite Book Selection.
  • Robert Park Book Award from the ASA.
  • British Sociology Association Award for Best Book on Health and Illness.
  • Mira Komorovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society.

Book Interview on PBS Newshour.



The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness
Duke University Press.


Of Risk and Pork: Urban Security and the Politics of Objectivity, " (with Andrew Lakoff). Theory and Society 39: 503-525 (Fall 2010).
Blaming the Victims: Hearsay, Labeling, and the Hazards of Quick-Hit Disaster Ethnography," American Sociological Review 71/4, August 2006: 689-698.
“Looting Homeland Security." Rolling Stone
Beyond 'Fair and Balanced.'" Rolling Stone
2005When Chicago Baked." Slate.
2005Disasters: Natural and Social." In These Times.
2005Introduction: 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 Boudieu and the Sociology of the Journalistic Field (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004).
2004“Overheated." Contemporary Sociology 33/5: 521-528, 2004.
"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).
"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 Dipolimatique (April 2004).
"Fear and City: After Madrid, Does Urban Life Have a Future?" New Statesman (March 22, 2004, cover story).
"Neo Catastophism." London Review of Books (October 9, 2003).
"The Political Economy of Whiteness Studies." Souls 4/4: 52-55, 2002.
2001Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation." Ethnography 2/4: 499 - 529, 2001.
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.)
"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)). 

Updated on 03/09/2017