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Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and International Affairs

Zoltán Glück is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. His research focuses on issues of security, development, cities, capitalism and activism in East Africa. His current book project, “Recolonizing Security: An Anthropology of the War on Terror in Kenya,” examines the shifting terrain of activism in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, the colonial origins of counterterrorism, and the transformation of the postcolonial state and cities under the auspice of the war on terror. Zoltán has also written academic and public scholarship on piracy in the Indian Ocean, student activism in North America, and the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. His writings have appeared in Anthropological Theory, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Anthropology Now, The Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Waging Nonviolence, Alternet, USA Today and N+1. He is an Editor of the journal, Focaal: A Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.

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  • 2022 African Cities Research Consortium, Nairobi Urban Security Domain, Lead Researcher
  • 2020 Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2018 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2018 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Dissertation Fellowship (declined)
  • 2016 Social Science Research Council, Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship
  • 2016 Fulbright, Institute for International Education, Research Fellowship
  • 2015 Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant



  • 2022. “Camps and Counterterrorism: Security and the Remaking of Refuge in Kenya,” (with Hanno Brankamp). Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Forthcoming. DOI:10.1177/02637758221093070.
  • 2019. “Security Urbanism” in Spaces of Security: Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance and Control. Eds. Setha Low and Mark Maguire. New York: NYU Press. (pp. 31-56).
  • 2018. “Occupy Wall Street: Finance Capital and its Discontents” (with Manissa M. Maharawal) in Revolting New York: How 400 years of Riot, Rebellion and Uprising shaped a City. Eds. Neil Smith and Don Mitchell. University of Georgia Press. (pp. 286-300).
  • 2017. “Security Urbanism and the Counterterror State in Kenya” Anthropological Theory 17(3): 297-321.
  • 2017 “A Sociospatial Framework for the Anthropology of Security” (with Setha Low) Anthropological Theory 17(3): 281-296.
  • 2015. “Piracy and the Production of Security Space” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(4): 642-659.
  • 2011. “The Homeless Question of Occupy Wall Street” (with Christopher Herring) in Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America. Edited by Sarah Leonard, Sarah Resnick, Astra Talyor, Keith Gessen, et al. Verso.
  • 2011. “Maritime Piracy, Capital and Securitization: The Case of Somalia.” in The African State in a Changing Global Context: Breakdowns and Transformations. Edited by István Tarrosy, Lorand Szabo and Goran Hyden. LIT Verlag.
  • Education

    PhD, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
    MA, Sociology, Central European University
    BA, Philosophy, Bard College

  • Contact

  • Address

    215M Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Ave.
    Boston, MA

  • Office Hours

    On research leave Fall 2021 - Spring 2022


Course catalog
  • Examines the roots of the urbanization process, major ways of thinking about it, and the development of world cities and megacities. The twenty-first century will be a century in which urbanism is a central problem and opportunity. Considers the economic, political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of urbanism across the globe. Includes specific case studies from around the world. Encourages students to develop a knowledge of particular cities in order to examine the key themes of the course. INTL 3200ANTH 3200, and SOCL 3200 are cross-listed.