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Global Cities & Governance

Scholarly research on global governance and cities covers a range of topics and disciplines.  Examples of research include an assessment of the conditions that lead to civic engagement and reconstruction in fragile settings, the exploration of social, political, and ecological dimensions that underlie urban water governance, and the examination of how the urban poor make decisions about their lives that lead to sweeping political and governance reforms.

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David Bosco

(202)­ 885-3713


  • International law
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • International Criminal Court
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina


Christine Chin

(202)­ 885-1866


Selected Publications 

  • Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City (Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations). Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea. Ashgate Press, 2008.
  • "Diversification and Privatization": Securing Insecurities in the Receiving Country of Malaysia in Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 9, 4 (2008): 285-303.


Daniel Esser

(202)­ 885-1892




  • Political ecology
  • Urban geography
  • Urban water reform
  • Flood vulnerability
  • India
  • Global South

Selected Publications

  • RANGANATHAN, M. In Review. “Mafias in the Waterscape: Everyday Public Authority and Informality in Bangalore”. Water Alternatives – Special Issue on “Informal Space in the Urban Waterscape”.
  • "Paying for Water, Claiming Citizenship: Political Agency and Water Reforms at the Urban Periphery". International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12028.
  • "Financialized and Insurgent: The Dialectics of Participation in Bangalore's Neoliberal Water Reforms" in K Coelho, Vijaybaskar and L Kamath (Eds), Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India. Routledge: New Delhi and Abingdon.


  • Comparative social movements
  • Urban politics
  • Political violence
  • Criminal justice
  • Race, ethnicity & immigration in Europe


  • Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (Philadelphia: Penn Press, 2014)
  • "Violence and State Repression," in Swiss Political Science Review: Debating the Arab Spring 17 (4) Winter 2011.
  • "Police Power and Race Riots in Paris," in Politics and Society 35(4) Winter 2007.