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Jeff Maskovsky
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Temple 2000
Research Interests: Political anthropology; race and class politics; biopolitics, health, poverty, and urban governance; security and securitization; ethics and politics of care; populism and white nationalism; social movements, protest anthropology, urban political economy; US
Subfield: Cultural Anthropology
Jeff Maskovsky is Professor and Executive Officer (Chair) of the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College.  

His research and writing focus on poverty, welfare, health, security and governance in the urban United States.  He is the author of the forthcoming monograph, Staying Alive: Poverty and the Fight for Life in the New Inner City (NYU Press), and co-editor of The New Poverty Studies: Ethnographies of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States (NYU Press, 2001), and Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century (Paradigm Press, 2009).  

His current work explores the politics of race and the rise of right-wing populisms in the United States and elsewhere.  He is the co-editor of the new anthology, Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism (West Virginia University Press, 2020).  

His work has appeared in many anthologies and in American Anthropologist, American QuarterlyAnnual Review of Anthropology, Antipode, City and SocietyCritique of AnthropologyFocaalIdentities, and Medical Anthropology.

Selected Publications:


Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism, ed. Jeff Maskovsky and Sophie Bjork-James, West Virginia University Press, 2020. 

‘A Relationship of Equals’: When Faculty and Former Students Collaborate. (GC News on Beyond Populism).


We Need a Loud and Fractious Poor, with Frances Fox Piven, Antipode 0(0), 2020, 1-13. 

Introduction in Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism, ed. Jeff Maskovsky and Sophie Bjork-James, West Virginia University Press, 2020. 

The Allure of Community: The Ethical Journey of People Living with HIV Disease in Philadelphia in Well Being as a Multidimensional Concept: Understanding Connections among Culture, Community, and Health, ed. Janet Page-Reeves, Lexington Books, 2019.

Guilty Subjects: New Geographies of Blame in the Aftermath of the US Housing Market Collapse in Handbook of Anthropology and the City, ed. Setha Low, Routledge, 2019. 

Other People’s Race Problem: Trumpism and the Collapse of the Liberal Racial Consensus in the United States. 

Reclaiming the streets: Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia, Focaal—Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 79, 2017, 39–53. 

Governance: Beyond the Neoliberal City in A Companion to Urban Anthropology, with Julian Brash, ed. Donald M. Nonini, Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Protest Anthropology in a Moment of Global Unrest, American Anthropologist, 115(1), March 2013, 126-129. 

Governing the “New Hometowns”: Race, Power, and Neighborhood Participation in the New Inner City, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 13(1), 2006, 73-99.