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Gianpaolo Baiocchi

Associate Professor of Individualized Studies and Sociology ; Director of the Urban Democracy Lab, Gallatin School; Senior Fellow, Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK)

Ph.D. 2001 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; M.S. 1996 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; B.A. 1993(Sociology), University of California, Berkeley.

Office Address: 

411 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Urban studies; Political Sociology; Cultural Sociology; Civil Society and Participation; Ethnography; Theory; Comparative Studies


The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life. With Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Peter Klein, and Stephanie Savell. (2014, Paradigm Publishers)

Bootstrapping Democracy: Experiments in Urban Governance in Brazil. With Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva. (2011, Stanford University Press).

Militants and Citizens: Local Democracy on a Global Stage in Porto Alegre
. (2005, Stanford University Press).

Radicals in Power: Experiments in Urban Democracy in Brazil (editor). (2003, Zed Press).

Special Issues
Reassembling Ethnography: ANT Beyond the Laboratory. Guest Editor (with Michael Rodriguez and Diana Graizbord) Special Issue of Qualitative Sociology, 2013

Select Publications

"Participatory Budgeting as If Emancipation Mattered." (With Ernesto Ganuza) Politics & Society, March 2014.

"Actor-Network Theory and the ethnographic imagination: An exercise in translation." (Diana Graizbord and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz) Qualitative Sociology 36.4 (2013): 323-341.

"Disavowing Politics: Civic Engagement in an Era of Political Skepticism." (With  Bennett, Elizabeth A., Alissa Cordner, Peter Taylor Klein, Stephanie Savell) American Journal of Sociology 119, no. 2 (2013): 518-548.

“Politics as Interruption: The Political Sociology of Jacques Rancière." (With Brian Connor) Thesis 11: 117(1) 89–100

"The Power of Ambiguity: What Travels as Participatory Budgeting." (With Ernesto Ganuza) Journal of Public Deliberation, 2012.  Volume 8 Issue 2.

"Co-designing and Co-teaching Graduate Qualitative Methods: An Innovative Ethnographic Workshop Model." (With Alissa Cordner and Peter T. Klein) Teaching Sociology 40, no. 3  (2012): 217-26.

"The Politics of the Habitus: Publics, Politics and Race in Brazil." (With Lisa Corrado) Qualitative Sociology, no. 33 (Spring 2010): 369-88.

"Making Space for Civil Society: Local Democracy in Brazil." (With Patrick Heller and Marcelo Silva) Social Forces 86, no. 3 (March 2008): 911-36.

“The Ethnos in the Polis: Political Ethnography as a Mode of Inquiry.” (With Brian T. Connor) Sociology Compass, 2: 139–155.

"Could Participatory Budgeting Work in the United States?"  (With Josh Lerner) The Good Society 16, no. 1 (2007): 8-13.

"The Brazilian Workers” Party: From Local Practices To National Power. (With Sofia Checa) WorkingUSA, 10 (2007): 411–430.

“The Civilizing Force of Social Movements: Corporate and Liberal Codes in Brazil”s Public Sphere.” Sociological Theory, 24:4, 285-311, 2006.

“Deliberative Democracy and Local Governance: Towards a New Agenda,”  (with Marcus Melo)  in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30 (3), 587–600, 2006. (Introduction to a Symposium on Deliberative Democracy)

“Interrogating Connections: From Public Criticisms to Critical Publics in Burawoy”s Public Sociology”,” in Critical Sociology 31(3): 339-352, 2005.

"The party and the multitude: Brazil”s Workers” Party (PT) and the challenges of building a just social order in a globalizing context." Journal of World-Systems Research 10, no. 1 (2004): 199-215.  

"Anything but racism: How sociologists limit the significance of racism." (With Eduardo Bonilla Silva) Race and Society 4, no. 2 (2001): 117-131.

"Emergent public spheres: talking politics in participatory governance." American Sociological Review (2003): 52-74.

“Synergizing Civil Society: State Civil Society Regimes in Porto Alegre, Brazil.” Political Power and Social Theory 15:3-86 2002/2003.

"Media coverage of 9-11 in Brazil." Television & New Media 3, no. 2 (2002): 183-189.

“The Pariahs of the Wonderful City; fear and the imagined geography of citizenship in in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1977-1982.”  DisClosure: A Journal of Social Theory 11:143-163, 2002.

"Brazilian cities in the nineties and beyond: New urban dystopias and utopias." Socialism and Democracy 15, no. 2 (2001): 41-61.

"The Porto Alegre Experiment and Deliberative Democratic Theory." Politics & Society 29,  (2001): 43-72.

Updated on 09/24/2014