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Sudhir Venkatesh


Sudhir Venkatesh is the William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology, and the Committee on Global Thought, at Columbia University. His book Gang Leader for a Day was a New York Times bestseller which also received a Best Book award from The Economist. His previous work, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, about illegal economies in Chicago, received a Best Book Award from Slate as well as the C. Wright Mills Award. Venkatesh’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. He writes for Slate, and his stories have appeared in This American Life, WIRED, and on National Public Radio. His most recent book is Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy.

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