Ujju Aggarwal is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the United States and examines questions related to public infrastructures, racial capitalism, rights, and the state. She is currently completing her first book, The Color of Choice: Raced Rights and Inequality in Education. Her work has been appeared in popular outlets, scholarly journals, and edited volumes including Transforming Anthropology, Scholar & Feminist Online, Educational Policy, and Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion, and Change (edited by Leela Fernandes, forthcoming). For nearly two decades, Ujju has worked to build local and national organizations that work for educational justice, immigrants’ rights, and transformative justice as well as projects that focus on the intersection of arts and social justice, popular education, and adult literacy. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the K-16 Committee of the American Studies Association and is an Advisory Board Member of PARCEO (Participatory Action-Research Center for Education Organizing).
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.
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
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