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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
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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 urban geographer with a broad interest in urban environmental justice. She uses history, ethnography, and social theory to study the struggles surrounding urban water access and land and property regimes in India and the US. Much of her research has looked at the politics of water infrastructure, flood risk, and property-making in Bangalore/Bengaluru, India. She is interested in colonial and postcolonial projects of urban 'improvement'; race, class, and caste; and the implications of market-oriented reform. In 2017, she was awarded a 2017-2019 American Council of Learned Societies-Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for a collaborative book project Corruption Plots, Imagined Publics: The Ethics of Space in the Millennial City. The book explores narratives surrounding real estate “corruption”, land grabs, and widening inequality in global cities drawing on ethnography and literary studies. Dr Ranganathan also investigates urban and environmental inequality in America and is researching prospects for antiracist and abolitionist climate justice in Washington, DC. This work features in a recent interview. In her research and teaching more generally, she draws on critical urban theory, postcolonial/decolonial theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, and science and technology studies, among other strands. In 2018 Dr Ranganathan was co-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, Environment and Planning: A (Economy and Society), Journal of Planning Education and Research, 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 open-access academic blogs such as Society and Space and Black Perspectives. She serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and Environment and Planning: D (Society and Space). 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

Professional Services

  • 2019-present. Editorial Board Member, Environment and Planning: D (Society and Space).
  • 2016-present. Editorial Board Member, Annals of the American Association of Geographers (People, Place, & Region section)
  • 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
  • 2015-2017. Editorial Board Member, Geography Compass (Urban Section).
  • 2015-2017. Elected Board Member, Urban Geography Specialty Group (UGSG), American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • 2015-2017. Elected At-Large Councilor, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (CAPE), American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Professional Presentations

INVITED CAMPUS TALKS (only recent)

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PANELS (only recent)

  • 2019. The Ethics of Antiracism, Abolitionism, and Care in Urban Climate Justice, Urban Affairs Assocation Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 26, 2019.
  • 2019. Discussant, Urban Geography keynote lecture (given by Deborah Cowen), April 4, 2019.
  • 2019. "Methodologies for Studying Racial Capitalism", Panelist, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC April 7.
  • 2018. "Urban Land Grabs as the New-Old Frontier of Capitalist Accumulation and Racial Violence", Panelist, Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 22.
  • 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.

Multimedia

 

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.

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, qualitative GIS.

Selected Publications

(*) Indicates SIS student

Grants and Sponsored Research