Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh

Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology, the Committee on Global Thought, and African-American Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York. Venkatesh returned to Columbia University recently after serving as a Senior Research Advisor to the Department of Justice.

Venkatesh’s books include: Gang Leader for a DayOff the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor; and American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto. He is working on a book, Revolution by Bits: Advertising, Media and the Rise of Digital. 

Venkatesh’s editorial writings have appeared in The New York TimesThe New Republic, and the Washington Post. He writes for Slate.com, Freakonomics, and his stories have appeared in This American Life, WIRED, and on National Public Radio. He has produced four documentaries, including, Dislocation, a film airing on PBS about Chicago public housing and At the Top of My Voice.