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GLUCK.photoZoltán Glück is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. His work focuses broadly on security, state power, and political economy in East Africa and his PhD research is an ethnographic study of the war on terror in Kenya. He has also written academic and public scholarship on the subjects of piracy in the Indian Ocean, student activism in North America, and the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. As an urban anthropologist, Zoltán works at the intersection of critical geography, postcolonial studies, and political anthropology, often partnering with activists and community organizers in his scholarly work.

Zoltán’s research and writing  have been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright IIE, the Antipode Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Bard College, a MA in Sociology from Central European University, and a MPhil in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Zoltán is currently working on several projects. The first is a monograph based on his dissertation,  Security and Social Transformation: An Ethnography of Kenya’s War on Terror 1998-2017, which examines the social and spatial transformations precipitated by anti-terrorism legislation, law, policing and civil society-led security programming in Kenya. This work traces the ways in which social relations, urban spaces, and institutions are transformed under the auspices of security.

A second project, tentatively titled, The Production of Security Space: the Governance of Nature in East Africa, will investigate how international responses to piracy, poaching, and ecological collapse have created a surprising patchwork of institutions that govern East Africa’s “natural spaces.” Through the prism of political ecology, this project will ultimately examine dynamics of climate change, desertification, ocean warming and deforestation as they impact social vulnerability in East Africa.

Zoltán’s writings have appeared in Society and Space, Anthropological Theory, Anthropology Now, Cultural Anthropology (online), The Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Waging Nonviolence, Alternet, USA Today and N+1 as well as in several edited volumes.

Zoltán is also a member of the Editorial Collective at the peer-reviewed journal, Focaal: A Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. He was a past editor and contributor to the Findings Column in Anthropology Now from 2013-2016.

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