Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti

Associate Professor
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2000 PhD Sociology and Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science

1994 B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Science, New School for Social Research


Christian Parenti is Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College, City University of New York. His teaching and research focuses on social justice, environmental justice, globalization, climate change and climate justice, sustainable energy, American economic and environmental history, and political violence. He has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq, and various parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America for The Nation, Fortune, The London Review Books, The New York Times, and other publications.

Scholarly Work


2011                Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. New York: Nation Books   

2014               Translated into Arabic سلسلة عالم المعرفة [Knowledge of World Series], المجلس الوطني للثقافة والفنون والآداب                                                                                                                 [National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters]

2004              The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq New York: The New Press.

2003              The Soft Cage: Surveillance from Slavery to the War on Terror New York: Basic Books 

1999/2008     Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, New York: Verso  (revised edition, 2008)

In progress:  The Environment Making State: Territory, Value, and Justice

ARTICLES (*indicates peer-reviewed)

2015*           “The Environment Making State: Territory, Nature, Value,” Antipode 47(4), 829-848.

2015*           “Flower of War: An Environmental History of Opium Poppy in Afghanistan,”SAIS Review of International Affairs 35 (1): 183-200.

2008*           “Afghanistan: Uses and Abuses of a Buffer State,” New Political Science, 30(1), 89-101.

2003            “Back to the Motherland: Cuba in Africa,” Monthly Review, 55 (2), 52-58.

2001*            “America’s Jihad: A History of Origins,” Social Justice, 28 (3), 31-38.

2001             “The ‘New’ Criminal Justice, 1968 to 2001,” Monthly Review, 53(3), 19-28.

2000             “Crime As Social Control,” Social Justice, 27(3), 43-50.

1998*            “Postmodern Maroon in the Ultimate Palenque,” Peace Review, 10 (3), 419-426.


2016     “Environment-Making in the Capitalocene Political Ecology of the State,” in Jason W. Moore ed., Anthropocene or Capitalocene?  Nature,  History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Oakland: PM Press, 166-185.

2016     “The Catastrophic Convergence: Militarism Neoliberalism and Climate Change,” in Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, eds, The Secure in The Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate Changed World. London: Pluto, 23-39.

2013     “This is Your Mind on Lockdown,” in Anthony J. Nocella II and David Gabbard, eds. Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement. New York: Peter Lang, xi-xiii.

2007     “Planet America: The Revolution in Military Affairs as Fantasy and Fetish,” in Ashley Dawson and Malini Johar, eds, Exceptional    State. Durum: Duke University Press, 88-104.  

2006     “The Big Easy Dies Hard,” in, Betsy Reed ed., Unnatural Disasters, New York: Nation Books, 7-13.

2006     “New Orleans: Raze or Rebuild?” in, Betsy Reed ed., Unnatural Disasters,New York: Nation Books, 153-161.

2006     “Afghanistan: The Other War,” in Royce Flippin ed., Best American Political Writing of 2006, New York: Avalon, 287-297.

2004     “Lied to, Stretch Thin and Mistreated,” in Mark LeVine and Viggo Mortensen eds., Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation, 101-107.

2003     “Bring Us Your Chained and Huddled Masses,” in Thomas Frank ed., Boob Jubilee: More Salvos From the Baffler, New York: Norton, 51-60.

2003     “Us Against Them in the Me Decade,” in Thomas Frank ed., Boob Jubilee: More Salvos From the Baffler, New York: Norton, 328–340.

2003     “Deadly Nostalgia: The Politics of Boot Camps,” in Tara Herivel and Paul Wright, eds., Prison Nation, New York: Routledge, 85-92.

2002     “American Jihad,” in Phil Scraton, ed., Beyond September 11,  London: Pluto,

2002     “Satellites of Sorrow: Prison in the Circuitry of Social Control,” Deepak Sawhney, ed., Unmasking LA, New York: Saint Martin’s, 47-66.

2002     “State Repression,” Joy James, ed., States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons, New York: Palgrave, 303-311.

2001     “Colony Kosovo,” in, Russ Kick, ed., You Are Being Lied To, New York: Disinformation Books, 111-113.

2001     “Rehabilitating Prison Labor: The Uses of Imprisoned Masculinity,” Terry Kupers, ed., Prison Masculinities,  Philadelphia: Temple, 247-254.


2017         “If We Fail: Climate Change and a New Urban Crisis,” Jacobin, Aug 29.

2017         “Free Speech as Battleground,” Jacobin, April 1.

2016        “Listening to Trump: What did millions of voters see in Trump?”   November 22

2016        “The Next Refugee Crisis,” Jacobin, January 26.

2015     “Farmer suicides, Naxal violence linked to climate change,” Times of India December 2.

2015        “Why the State Matters,”Jacobin, October 30.

2015        “The Making of the American Police State,” Jacobin, July 28.

2014        “Reading Hamilton from the Left,” Jacobin, August 26.

2014     “Rethinking the State: Shadow Socialism in the Age of Environmental Crisis,” New Politics, Winter.

2013        “A radical approach to climate change,” Dissent, Summer.