• Profile:

    Ujju Aggarwal is a cultural anthropologist and a Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow as well as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research engages questions related to urban education and social reproduction, Black freedom struggles, critical race theory, neoliberalism, raced and classed motherhood and the politics of care, and placemaking and urban space. She has helped build organizations and that address educational justice, violence against women, and health and reproductive justice as well as projects that focus on the intersection of arts and social justice, popular education, and adult literacy. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School, Hunter College, and the Educational Opportunities Center (SUNY). Her research has been published in edited volumes as well as scholarly journals including Transforming Anthropology, Scholar & Feminist Online, and Educational Policy.  She is completing her manuscript, The Color of Choice: Race, Rights, and Inequality in Education

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    Recent Publications:

    Aggarwal, U. (forthcoming) After Rights: Choice and the Structure of Citizenship. In Fernandes, L. (ed.) Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State. New York: New York University Press. 

    Aggarwal, U. (March 2017) Defend and Transform: The Fight Forward for Public Education. Anthropology Now. 

    Aggarwal, U. (with Mayorga) (Spring 2016) From Forgotten to Fought Over: The Case of One School Closing in New York City The Scholar & Feminist. Issue 13.2. 

    Aggarwal, U.  (2016) The Ideological Architecture of Whiteness as Property in Education Policy. In Journal of Educational Policy 30 (1). Pp: 128-152

    Aggarwal, U. (2015) School Choice: The Freedom to Choose, The Right to Exclude. In Picower, B and E. Mayorga (Eds). What’s race got to do with it?: How current school reform policy maintains racial and economic inequality. New York: Peter Lang.

    Aggarwal, U.   (2014) The Politics of Choice and the Structuring of Citizenship: Post-Brown Education, Inequality, and Rights, Transforming Anthropology 22 (2). Pp: 77-89

    Aggarwal, U. (with Mayorga and Nevel) 2012. Reflections on a School Closure: Families and Teachers Organize During a Time of Neoliberal Education Reform. in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (Special Section: School Closings and Struggles for Educational Justice), 18 (2). Pp: 156-164

    Aggarwal, U. (with Hirschman & Nevel) 2012. Making a Difference in Schniedewind, N. and Sapon-Shevin, M. (eds.) Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education. Boston: Beacon Press.

    Aggarwal, U.  (with Gonzalez, Nevel, & Placencia) 2009. Women Creating Change: The Center for Immigrant Families’ English Literacy Project in Miller, M. and King, K (eds.), Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience.. Information Age Publishing.


    Research Interests:

    social reproduction and public education, rights and social movements, liberalism and neoliberalism, racism and racialization, critical race theory, political subjectivities of caretaking, kinship and placemaking and urban ecologies, ethnographic research and feminist epistemologies