Miriam Greenberg

Miriam Greenberg PortraitBiographical Information

Miriam Greenberg is Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and is the author of Branding New York:  How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (Routledge, 2008); Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford, 2014), co-authored with Kevin Fox Gotham; and The City is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Tactics in an Urban Age, co-edited with Penny Lewis (Cornell, 2017).  Since 2013, she has been directing the Critical Sustainabilities project, which can be found at: https://critical-sustainabilities.ucsc.edu/. Since 2015, she has been co-organizing (with Steve McKay) the project No Place Like Home, on the experience of the affordable housing crisis in Santa Cruz County, which can be found at: http://noplacelikehomeucsc.org/. Miriam is currently chair of the Community and Urban Section of the American Sociological Association.

Research Interests

Interests include social theory, urban studies, geography, political ecology, disaster and crisis, sustainability studies, media and cultural studies, social movements, and housing. Research has focused in particular on New York City, New Orleans, Buenos Aires, and California.

Previous Education/Training

2000 – Ph.D. Sociology with Highest Distinction, City University of New York.
1986 – B.A. Urban Studies with a minor in Media Studies, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Social Research.