Founding Director of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy
Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography
The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy
Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the founding Director of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy.
Ananya is a scholar of global racial capitalism and postcolonial development whose research is concerned with the political economy and politics of dispossession and displacement. With theoretical commitments to postcolonial studies, Black studies, and feminist theory, she seeks to shift conceptual frameworks and methodologies in urban studies to take account of the colonial-racial logics that structure space and place. As a researcher, Ananya strives to advance research justice, by which she means accountability to communities directly impacted by state-organized violence. At the very heart of her work is an insistence on the transformation of the public university – through teaching, public scholarship, and community engagement – so that it can be a force for social justice.
Ananya’s work has focused on urban transformations and land grabs as well as on global capital and predatory financialization. Her current research is concerned with “racial banishment,” the expulsion of working-class communities of color from cities through racialized policing and other forms of dispossession. Such work is reflected in her scholarship on property, personhood, and police, which studies policing as a race-making project, as well as in her role as convener of the After Echo Park Lake research collective, which studies displacement in Los Angeles.
Ananya leads a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network on Housing Justice in Unequal Cities. Along with colleagues at UCLA, Ananya has convened the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on Sanctuary Spaces: Reworlding Humanism, which is concerned with the place of racial others in liberal democracy. Situating transnational inquiry and solidarity at the present moment of resurgent white nationalism and xenophobia, the Sanctuary Spaces project challenges Western humanism and foregrounds alternative frameworks of freedom and justice.
Ananya was Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research from 2016 to 2020. She is the 2020 Freedom Scholar, an award bestowed by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation to social justice leaders and the 2022 recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva.
by Ananya Roy, Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, and Clare Talwalker (Authors) via University of California Press
by Ananya Roy and Emma Shaw Crane (Editors) via University of Georgia Press
by Ananya Roy and Aihwa Ong (Editors) via Wiley Blackwell
by Ananya Roy (Author) via Routledge
by Ananya Roy and Nezar AlSayyad (Editors) via Lexington Books
by Ananya Roy (Author) via University of Minnesota Press
- Property, Personhood, and Police: The Making of Race and Space Through Nuisance Law
October 27, 2021 – Article via Antipode
- The City in the Age of Trumpism: From Sanctuary to Abolition
February 20, 2019 – Article via Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
- Dis/Possessive Collectivism: Property and Personhood at City’s End
March 10, 2017 – Article via Geoforum
- Who’s Afraid of Postcolonial Theory?
December 19, 2015 – Article via International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
- Why India Cannot Plan Its Cities: Informality, Insurgence, and the Idiom of Urbanization
February 1, 2009 – Article via Planning Theory
- (Dis)Placement: The Fight for Housing and Community after Echo Park Lake
March 23, 2022 – Research monograph via UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy
- Undoing Property: Feminist Struggle in the Time of Abolition
May 3, 2021 – Essay via Society and Space
- “Can Your Point of View Change the World?”
May 29, 2014 – Short film via The #GlobalPOV Project
- “Who Sees Poverty?”
February 4, 2014 – Short film via The #GlobalPOV Project
- “Who Is Dependent on Welfare?”
December 3, 2013 – Short film via The #GlobalPOV Project
- “Are Slums the Global Urban Future?”
July 31, 2013 – Short film via The #GlobalPOV Project
- “Who Profits from Poverty?”
May 6, 2003 – Short film via The #GlobalPOV Project
- “Can We Shop to End Poverty?”
March 11, 2013 – Short film via The #GlobalPOV Project