B.A. Literature & Ethnicity, Race & Migration, Yale University, 2002 Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work often focuses on race, place, and culture. He is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World (Knopf, 2016) and the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (California, 2016). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Believer, Artforum, Transition, and The Nation, among many other publications.
He earned his PhD in geography at UC-Berkeley, where his thesis was awarded the Best Dissertation Award from the Caribbean Studies Association, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He was also the co-recipient, for Nonstop Metropolis, of the 2017 Brendan Gill Prize from the Municipal Art Society, awarded annually for an artwork in any medium that “best captures, the energy, vigor and verve of New York City.” Currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge, Jelly-Schapiro is also on the teaching faculty at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Teaching and Research Interests
race, place, and space; music and history; culture and politics; maps and cities; the Caribbean; geography; America