Steven Gregory

Steven Gregory

Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University

Gregory’s research focuses on the intersection of race, class, gender and other socially ascribed differences in the formation of political subjectivities, social hierarchies and urban-based social movements. His most recent book, The Devil Behind the Mirror, investigated how neoliberal economic reforms and transnational sociocultural processes associated with globalization rearticulated the social division of labor, racial cum cultural identities and gender relations in the Dominican Republic, yielding novel power arrangements and practices of resistance. His current project is an historical study of the development of a constellation of elite cultural and educational institutions in Northern Manhattan known as the “American Acropolis.” He is interested in how topography contributed to an imagined geography that facilitated the articulation of heterogeneous social interests, desires and projects around a shared understanding of the relationship of landscape to hierarchy, and ontology and civilizational progress.