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Setha Low
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8725
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Space and place theory and methodology Latin American ethnography and geography; politics of public space; urban geography
Setha Low is Professor of Anthropology, Environmental Psychology, Geography and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Recent books include: Politics of Public Space ; Rethinking Urban Parks: Public Space and Cultural Diversity, On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture and Behind the Gates: Life, Security and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America. Her current research is on private housing regimes and governance in New York City. She is completing Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place that will be published by Routledge in 2016. Dr. Low lectures internationally on public space, social justice and diversity.

Recent Publications:
  • 2014 The Values-Based Approach for Cultural Heritage Preservation in Public Parks (with S. Scheld and D.Taplin). The Journal of Preservation Technology ,45:2-3.
  • 2012 Psychological, Cultural and Political Theories of Changing Social Relations in Private Housing Schemes. GeoJournal: An International Journal of Geography, 77(2): 185-201.
  • 2012 Shoestring Democracy: Gated Communities and Market Rate Co-operatives in New York City (with G. Donovan and J. Gieseking) Journal of Urban Affairs, 34(3): 279-296.
  • 2011 Claiming Space for Engaged Anthropology: Spatial Inequality and Social Exclusion. American Anthropologist, 113(3) 389-407.
  • 2010 Simulation, Beavers, and Cultural Repatriation: The Promise of Mannahatta (with M. Lamb). Cartographica, 46(4) 264-269.
  • 2010 Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas (with S. Merry). Current Anthropology, 51(2) 203-226.

  • 2013-present Distinguished Research Affiliate, CAL , School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010-present Research Associate, Centre for Anthropological Research, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2009-present Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture, The City College of New York
  • 2008-present Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences-Geography, The Graduate Center
  • 2005-present Professor, Certificate Program in Women’s Studies, The Graduate Center
  • 2003-present Board Member, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, The Graduate Center
  • 1995-present Director, Public Space Research Group, Center for Human Environments