Dr Austin  Zeiderman

Dr Austin Zeiderman

Assistant Professor of Urban Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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About me

Austin Zeiderman is an interdisciplinary scholar who specializes in the cultural and political dimensions of cities, with a specific focus on Latin America. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University as well as a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Colgate University.

His book, Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá (2016, Duke UP), focuses on how security and risk shape the relationship between citizens and the state in the self-built settlements of the urban periphery. Austin is also beginning a new research project on urban, environmental, and infrastructural transformations motivated by the promise of a post-conflict future in Colombia.

Aspects of Austin’s research have appeared in a range of venues, such as Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Public Culture, American Ethnologist, openDemocracy, and the Guardian.

He has received fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Program, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

From 2012 to 2014, Austin coordinated the Urban Uncertainty project at LSE Cities, where he remains a Research Associate.

Raised in Philadelphia, he has previously worked on urban and environmental issues in Baltimore and San Francisco.

 Get to know Austin a little more through our Spotlight series.


cities; colonial and postcolonial history; development; disaster; environment; ethnography; globalization; law; race; rights; risk; science and technology; security; social theory; the state; uncertainty; urban governance; urban politics; urbanism


Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Research areas

  • Cities and urbanism
  • Urban politics, governance and the state
  • Security and risk
  • Rights, citizenship and democracy
  • Urban infrastructures, ecologies and environments
  • Colonial and postcolonial history
  • Housing, resettlement and displacement
  • Ethnographic and historical methods
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Latin America
  • Science and technology
  • Urban and social theory

Selected publications

  • Zeiderman, Austin, Kaker, Sobia Ahmad, Silver, Jonathan and Wood, Astrid (2015) Uncertainty and Urban LifePublic Culture 27 (2): 281–304.


Countries and regions

Colombia; Latin America