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Malini Ranganathan Assistant Professor School of International Service

Contact
Send email to Malini Ranganathan
(202) 885-6901 (Office)
SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 301
Fall 2018 Office Hours Will Be Posted Shortly
Additional Positions at AU
Faculty Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Center, School of Public Affairs
Faculty Co-Lead, Environment Team, Antiracist Research and Policy Center
Degrees

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

MS, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Bard College, NY

Bio

Dr Ranganathan is a critical geographer and political ecologist with a broad interest in urban environmental justice. Specifically, she studies the historical relationships between housing, land, and water infrastructures, and urban struggles over these resources in both India and the US. Much of her research focuses on water, flooding, and wet/land in the city of Bangalore/Bengaluru, India. She uses ethnographic and archival research to show how historical housing inequalities structured by race, class, and caste; widespread informality; and new patterns of international development aid have fueled urban political mobilizations. In 2017, she was awarded a 2017-2019 American Council of Learned Societies-Andrew W. Mellon Foundation humanities grant Corruption Plots, Imagined Publics: The Ethics of Space in the Millennial City to study the stories and imaginaries surrounding real estate “corruption”, land grabs, and widening inequality in global cities. Dr Ranganathan also investigates urban inequality in America and is researching prospects for antiracist climate justice in Washington, DC. She writes on US urban and environmental justice through an intersectional and antiracist lens. In her research and teaching more generally, she draws on history, critical urban studies, postcolonial/decolonial theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, and science and technology studies. In 2018 Dr Ranganathan was awarded the SIS "Scholar Teacher of the Year" Award.

Her research is published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Capitalism Nature Socialism, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, and Water Alternatives among other journals. Her writing also appears on academic blogs such as Society and Space and Black Perspectives, and in edited books. Previously, Dr Ranganathan was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has had research positions at TERI in New Delhi, ENDA-Tiers Monde in Dakar, and the Asian Development Bank in Manila. At SIS, Dr Ranganathan teaches SISU 250 (Environmental Sustainability and Global Health), SISU 349 (Global Cities, Justice, and the Environment), and SIS 620 (Environmental Justice).

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Professional Presentations

Invited Talks (only recent)

  • 2018. "Climate of Dispossession: On the Coloniality of Urban Ecologies" for the Decolonial Ecologies: Climate Justice in the Anthropocene Series. Invited to speak at Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on the Anthropocene, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
  • 2018. "Dispossession, Liberalism, and the Coloniality of Urban Ecologies". Invited to speak at the Anthropology Department and Penn Program on Environmental Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • 2017. "Racial Liberalism and the Coloniality of Urban Ecologies". Invited to speak at the Ecologies of Social Difference/Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Institute's "Noted Scholar Series", University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • 2017. "Qualitative GIS for Critical Urban Geography". Invited to speak at the Conference for High-Impact Research, American University.
  • 2017. "Thinking with Flint: Structural Racism in Planning, Pipes, and Politics". Invited to speak at Boston University.

 Conference Presentations and Panels (only recent)

  • 2018. "Pedagogies of Race and Racialization", Panelist, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 14.
  • 2018. "The Political Ecology of Flood Risk and Management Across the North and South", Discussant, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 13.
  • 2018. "From Urban Resilience to Abolitionist Climate Justice in Washington, DC", Abolition Ecologies Paper Session, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 13.
  • 2018. "Water and Climate Justice", Panelist, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 11.
  • 2018. "Racial Finance Capitalism", Discussant, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 10.
  • 2018. "Land Justice in the City", Discussant, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 10.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2018. Co-recipient, SIS Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2011-2013. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP), Department of Geography and Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2009-2010. Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2007-2008. John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2007-2008. American Institute of Indian Studies (headquartered at the University of Chicago) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
  • 2006. Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2006. Center for South Asian Studies Summer Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2005. Center for Human Rights Summer Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley.

Professional Services

  • Peer reviewer for Annals of the American Association of Geographers, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Geoforum, Antipode, Environment and Planning: A, Environment and Planning: D, & Urban Geography
  • 2016-present. Editorial Board Member, Annals of the American Association of Geographers (People, Place, & Region section)
  • 2015-2017. Editorial Board Member, Geography Compass (Urban Section).
  • 2015-2017. Board Member, Urban Geography Specialty Group (UGSG), American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • 2015-2017. At-Large Councilor, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (CAPE), American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Grants and Sponsored Research

Multimedia

 

Research Interests

Political economy of development, urban inequality and environmental justice, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, the black radical tradition, discourse analysis, ethnography, history