Eric Klinenberg

Professor of Sociology

New York University

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University, and editor of the journal Public Culture. His new book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, will be published in February 2012 by the Penguin Press.   Professor Klinenberg's first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, won six scholarly and literary prizes (and was a Favorite Book selection by the Chicago Tribune) and was praised as “a dense and subtle portrait” (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker); “a remarkable, riveting account” (American Prospect); “intellectually exciting” (Amartya Sen); and a “trenchant, persuasive tale of slow murder by public policy” (Salon). A theatrical adaptation of Heat Wave premiered in Chicago in 2008, and Judith Helfand is directing a feature documentary based on the book. 

Professor Klinenberg's second book, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media, was called “politically passionate and intellectually serious,” (Columbia Journalism Review), “a must-read for those who wonder what happened to good radio, accurate reporting and autonomous public interest” (Time Out New York), and “eye-opening …required reading for conscientious citizens” (Kirkus). Since its publication, he has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and briefed the U.S. Congress on his findings.

In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Professor Klinenberg has contributed to popular publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, Slate, and the radio program This American Life. At NYU, Professor Klinenberg teaches courses on the sociology of cities, culture, and media, as well graduate seminars on research methods, ethnography, and urban design.