Davita Silfen Glasberg

Professor Emerita of Sociology

PhD., 1983, SUNY-Stony Brook
M.A., 1978, SUNY-Stony Brook
M.A., 1976, Brooklyn College
B.A., 1973, Brooklyn College



My research is primarily focused on the relationship between finance capital institutions and society, particularly the affect these institutions may have on power of the state, inequality, and human rights. I am also interested in systems and relations of power and domination and the role of the state in social constructions of ‘race,’ class, and gender. I am currently co-authoring research with William Armaline and Bandana Purkayastha on human rights in the US in recent years, with Abbey Willis and Mary Burke on state projects of families and human rights, and with Abbey Willis on voter suppression and gerrymandering as sources of human rights violations.


Davita Silfen Glasberg, Deric Shannon, and Abbey Willis. 2018. Bringing Others to the Table: Multi-Sites of Power and State Projects. Rowman + Littlefield/Lexington.

William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha. 2015. The Human Rights Enterprise: The State, Resistance, and Human Rights.Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA: Polity Press.

Erika del Villar and Davita Silfen Glasberg. 2015. “Victims of Terrorism and the Right to Redress: Challenges and Contradictions in the 2012 Emmerson Report.” Humanity and Society pp. 1-18. Also available at http://has.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/0160597614563386v1.pdf?ijkey=Fi28NuNmty7WyIt&keytype=finite

William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha (eds.). 2011. Human Rights in Our Own Back Yard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (winner, Hirabayashi Book Award for Best Book, 2012, American Sociological Association Human Rights Section).

Davita Silfen Glasberg and Deric Shannon. 2011. Political Sociology: Oppression, Resistance, and the State. Sage/ Pine Forge Press.

Angie Beeman, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Colleen Casey.  2010. “Whiteness as Property: Predatory Lending and the Reproduction of Racialized Inequality.”  Critical Sociology 37(1):27-45.


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