Jeff Maskovsky

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Professor and Executive Officer (Chair), CUNY, The Graduate Center, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas 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

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 AnthropologistAmerican QuarterlyAnnual Review of AnthropologyAntipodeCity and SocietyCritique of AnthropologyFocaalIdentities, and Medical Anthropology.

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