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February 3, 2008
Sudhir Venkatesh
Author, "Gang Leader for a Day"
Sudhir Venkatesh BIO:
· Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
· Director, Center for Urban Research and Policy, Columbia University
· Director, Charles H. Revson Fellowship Program, Columbia University

RESEARCH: · Study of immigration in the Paris suburbs
· Study of re-entry of New York incarcerated into society

· “Gang Leader for a Day” 2008
· “Youth, Globalization and the Law” 2007
· “Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor” 2006 (Winner of the C. Wright Book Award), (Best Book of 2006, Slate.com)
· “American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto” 2000
“Dislocation” – Look at final days of Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago

Written articles for variety of publications

· BA in Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1988
· MA in Sociology, University of Chicago, 1992
· PHD in Sociology, University of Chicago, 1997
· Junior Fellowship, Harvard University, 1997-1999
· National Science Fellowship 1991-1994
· Foreign Language and Arts Studies Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1990-1991

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Info: Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh is the author of a new book describing his time with a Chicago street gang. Venkatesh had decided that the only way to really study street gang life was to actually get to them. He tells the story of meeting and getting to know gang leader J.T. and how that relationship opened up his ability to hang out with the gang. We will also show clips from his documentary "Dislocation" about the Robert Taylor housing project in Chicago and the days prior to its demolition when all the residents had to move. Venkatesh is a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

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