Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She previously held the Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. Roy teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. She also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. In this capacity, she is founding chair of the undergraduate program in Global Poverty and Practice. From 2009 to 2012 she served as co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Center and from 2005 to 2009 she served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies.
Roy holds a B.A. (1992) in Comparative Urban Studies from Mills College, a M.C.P. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1999) from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), co-editor of Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America (with Nezar AlSayyad; Lexington Books, 2004); The Practice of International Health (with Daniel Perlman; Oxford University Press, 2008) and Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global (with Aihwa Ong, Blackwell 2011). Her book, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010), was made possible through research supported by the National Science Foundation. This book is the recipient of the 2011 Paul Davidoff Book Award of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a book award for research that advances social justice. Roy is currently completing a co-edited book, with Emma Shaw Crane, titled Territories of Poverty (forthcoming, University of Georgia Press, 2014).
Roy teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises doctoral students in departments ranging from City and Regional Planning to Geography to Education. In 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor UC Berkeley bestows on its faculty. Also in 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Mentors award, a recognition bestowed by the Graduate Assembly of the University of California at Berkeley. In 2008, Roy was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching award, the only teaching award given by the student body. She was the 2009 California Professor of the Year by CASE/Carnegie Foundation. Most recently, Roy received the 2011 Excellence in Achievement Award of the California Alumni Association, a lifetime achievement recognition.
In keeping with these teaching interests, Roy has been leading experiments with new formats of pedagogy and public scholarship. One example is The #GlobalPOV Project, which includes a series of 8 Youtube videos combining critical social theory with improvised art to provoke discussion about poverty and inequality. For more information, see: http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/globalpov/.
Roy currently serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (and the Studies in Urban and Social Change book series), Planning Theory, Planning Theory and Practice, Territory, Politics, and Governance, and the Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation, University of Georgia, book series.