Dr. Ananya Roy


Learning from and accountable to movements and communities on the front lines of dispossession and displacement, I seek to unravel the relationship between property, personhood, and police, which is a key structuring logic of racial capitalism, and its life-long companion, liberalism.


Dr. Ananya Roy is a Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography, The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy and inaugural Director of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Roy’s work has focused on urban transformations and land grabs, as well as global capital and predatory financialization, with a focus on poor people’s movements. She is the author of multiple books, including Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development and most recently Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World. With theoretical commitments to postcolonial critique, feminist thought, and critical race studies, her research and scholarship challenge the whiteness of canons of knowledge, forging theory and pedagogy attentive to historical difference.