Steven Gregory

Steven Gregory

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Urbanism, Critical Race Theory, Landscape History, Political Economy, Class Formation, Visual Anthropology


Caribbean; United States


Gregory’s research focuses on the intersection of race, class, gender and other socially ascribed differences in the formation of political subjectivities, social hierarchies and urban-based social movements. His most recent book, The Devil Behind the Mirror, investigated how neoliberal economic reforms and transnational sociocultural processes associated with globalization rearticulated the social division of labor, racial cum cultural identities and gender relations in the Dominican Republic, yielding novel power arrangements and practices of resistance. His current project is an historical study of the development of a constellation of elite cultural and educational institutions in Northern Manhattan known as the “American Acropolis.” He is interested in how topography contributed to an imagined geography that facilitated the articulation of heterogeneous social interests, desires and projects around a shared understanding of the relationship of landscape to hierarchy, and ontology and civilizational progress.  


New School for Social Research, PhD in Anthropology, 1986
Pratt Institute, MS in Art Education, 1978
Pratt Institute, BFA in Film, 1976

2019. “Making the ‘American Acropolis’: On Verticality, Social Hierarchy, and the Obduracy of Manhattan Schist.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. In Press.

2014. “Ferguson and the Right to Black Life.” Anthropology News 55, no. 9.

2013. “The Radiant University: Space, Urban Development and the Public Good.” City and Society 25, no. 1: 47-69.

2007. The Devil Behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic. Berkeley: University of California.

2003. “Men In Paradise: Sex Tourism and the Political Economy of Masculinity.” In Race, Nature and the Politics of Difference, edited by Donald S. Moore, Jake Kosek, and Anand Pandian, 323-355. Durham: Duke University Press.

2001. “Placing the Politics of Black Class Formation.” In History in Person: Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities, edited by Dorothy Holland and Jean Lave, 137-170. Santa Fe: School of American Research. 

1999. Santería in New York City: A Study in Cultural Resistance. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.

1998. Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

1994. Coeditor with Roger Sanjek. Race. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

1994b. “Time to Make the Doughnuts: On the Politics of Subjectification in the 'Inner‑City.'” Political and Legal Anthropology Review 7, no. 1: 41-54.  

Selected Publications

Book cover depicting the word "race" in various styles.


Steven Gregory
Roger Sanjek
black writing on white background

Santería in New York City: A Study in Cultural Resistance

Steven Gregory