Joshua K. Leon is an assistant professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College. He has also taught at Villanova, Temple and Drexel Universities. He has recently written for venues including Dissent, Third World Quarterly, Metropolis, Peace Review, The China Beat, Cities, Brooklyn Rail, Monthly Review, Asia Times, Epoch Times, Arch Daily, Urban Omnibus, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He is a frequent contributor to Dissent, Foreign Policy In Focus and Metropolis, and was author of the “World Watch” column for Next City from 2008-2011. In 2010, he covered the Shanghai World Expo for Next City magazine and Foreign Policy In Focus. His book, The Rise of Global Health: The Evolution of Effective Collective Action, was released this March. The book analyzes how major actors such as the World Health Organization and World Bank fostered an expanded global health regime, aggressively addressing the health related aspects of globalization. A doctorate in Political Science, he writes on global governance, development, poverty, global health, and urbanization. He lives in Manhattan. Faculty website. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Finding Radical Alternatives in Slums, Exurbs, and Enclaves,” Metropolis (April 7, 2015). Syndicated in Arch Daily. En Español.
“The Role of Global Cities in Land Grabs,” Third World Quarterly 36(2) March 2015.
“New York’s Skyscraper Boom and the Failure of Trickle Down Urbanism,” Metropolis (November 25, 2014). Syndicated in Arch Daily.
“Times Square Postmodern,” Urban Omnibus (September 30, 2014). (Journal of the New York Architectural League)
“Fighting For Tenants Rights on the Lower East Side,” Urban Omnibus (July 9, 2014).
“What Broadacre City Can Teach Us,” Metropolis (July 2, 2014).
“Why is the World Bank Financing Forced Evictions?” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 26 (2) June 2014.
“Beyond the ‘World of 70’: Inequality and the 2030 Development Goals,” Dissent (December 17, 2013).
“Who Really Benefits from Central Park?” Metropolis (December 6, 2013).
“Destroying the City to Save It: New York in the Shadow of Le Corbusier,” Dissent (September 12, 2013).
“Street,” The Brooklyn Rail (July/August 2013).
“Redesigning Resistance,” The Brooklyn Rail (April 2013).
“Make Way for High Rises: Who Benefits From Slum Demolitions in Mumbai?” Dissent (March 13, 2013). Syndicated in The Morung Express.
“Health Care Reform, Year Zero,” Z Magazine (November 2012). Syndicated in Monthly Review‘s MRZine.
“Vertical Impressions,” Metropolis (August 5, 2012).
“Spaces of Capital,” Brooklyn Rail (May 2012).
“Elegantly Urbanized” Metropolis (November 17, 2011).
“Radical Spaces,” Metropolis (October 14, 2011).
“Confronting Catastrophe: Norms, Efficiency and the Evolution of the AIDS Battle in the UN.” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 24 (3) September 2011.
“One City, Two Visions,” Metropolis (August 30, 2011).
“Perspectives on Chinese Urbanization.” Cities 28 (3) June 2011. A shorter version appears at The China Beat, see below.
“Perspectives on Chinese Urbanization,” The China Beat (May 12, 2011).
“Shanghai’s Expo Vision,” Foreign Policy in Focus (July 16, 2010).
“Facts About Iraq: Five Arguments for the Anti-War Movement,” Z-Magazine (February 2005).
“Poverty Capitalism: Interview With Ananya Roy,” Foreign Policy in Focus (February 17, 2011).
“Postcard From…Mumbai,” Foreign Policy in Focus (April 18, 2013). This article also appears in Asia Times and Epoch Times.
“Reimagining Mexico City,” Next City (July 26, 2011).
“Postcard From…Shanghai,” Foreign Policy in Focus (December 3, 2010).
“City of Contrasts: A Slideshow From Shanghai,” Next City (July 30, 2010).
Selected Next City Columns
“Here Comes the World Expo,” Next City (March 29, 2010).
“Putting Our Best Facade Forward,” Next City (March 29, 2010).
“Vancouver’s Crackdown,” Next City (December 22, 2009).
“A Recipe for Slums,” Next City (November 19, 2009).
“De-industrialization is not Progress,” Next City (September 8, 2009).
“Should We Abandon the Uncreative Class?” Next City (May 19, 2009).
“City People Vs. ‘Real Americans’: A False Dichotomy?” Next City (September 22, 2008).
In the News
Daily Excelsior, on urban development in India.
The American Prospect, criticism of the “creative class” theory.
The Atlantic, Richard Florida responds.
The Nation, letter on C. Wright Mills.
Gotham Gazette, on race in urban politics.
Free Press Journal, on urban-rural divides.
Planetizen, various references to city writing.
National Post, on Jane Jacobs and “creative class” theory.
San Francisco Green Film Festival, on the film Urbanized.