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Liza Weinstein

Department Chair; Associate Professor of Sociology

Liza Weinstein is Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department and an associate professor of sociology. Her research and teaching interests focus on cities and globalization, urban political economy, the politics of informality, and state-civil society relations with a regional focus on India. She is the author of The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Based on historical and ethnographic research in Mumbai’s infamous Dharavi settlement, the book examines the Indian state’s changing response to residential informality in the context of economic globalization and global city formation. Her current research is a comparative and historical study of residential evictions and housing rights activism in five Indian cities.

  • Teaching and Mentoring Award, awarded annually by the graduate students of Northeastern University’s Sociology & Anthropology Department, 2014.
  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship, Visiting Fellow at University of Delhi (July 2014 – December 2014).
  • Internal Grant Programs in Support of Interdisciplinary Research, Tier 1: “The Impact of Legal Access on Conditions of Housing Security in Urban India” (Co-PI, with Professor Martha Davis, Northeastern University School of Law), 2014.
  • Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty Research Development Fund Grant, 2013.
  • American Sociological Association’s Political Sociology Section, Co-Recipient, Graduate Student Paper Award, 2009.
  • University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute, Funded participant, Advanced Graduate Workshop on Poverty, Development and Globalization, 2007.
  • Weinstein, Liza. The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai, University of Minnesota Press (Globalization and Community Series), 2014.
  • Weinstein, Liza. “’One-Man Handled’: Fragmented Power and Political Entrepreneurship in Globalizing Mumbai,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(1): 14-35.
  • Weinstein, Liza. “Demolition and Dispossession: Toward an Understanding of State Violence in Millennial Mumbai,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Special Issue on Cities, Violence and Development in the Global South, 48(3): 285-307.
  • Weinstein, Liza and Xuefei Ren. “The Changing Right to the City: Urban Renewal and Housing Rights in Globalizing Shanghai and Mumbai,” City & Community, 8(4): 407-432.
  • Weinstein, Liza. “Democracy in the Globalizing Indian City: Engagements of Political Society and the State in Globalizing Mumbai,” Politics & Society, 37(3): 397-427.
  • Weinstein, Liza “Mumbai’s Development Mafias: Organized Crime, Land Development, and Globalization,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 32(1): 22-39.
  • Education

    Ph.D., 2009, Sociology
    University of Chicago

  • Contact

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    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

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