Christian Parenti


Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Ph.D., London School of Economics

B.A., Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research

Areas of Interest: Geography, Environmental History, Political Economy, Political Ecology, Politics of War, Violence, State Formation, American History

Course(s) Taught: Social Foundations II and Social Foundations III


Puffin Writing Fellow, Nation Institute, April 2011- April 2012

Research Fellowship, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, 2009 & 2010

Stanley Foundation Reporting Award, 2007

Nation Institute Writing Fellow, 2005 - 2008

Ford Foundation Research Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003 - 2005

Soros Senior Justice Fellow, Open Society Institute, 2001 - 2003


  • Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books/Perseus, 2011)
  • The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (The New Press, 2005)
  • The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror (Basic Books, 2002)
  • Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (Verso 1999/ second edition 2008)
Updated on 02/22/2016