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Andy Clarno, PhD

Associate Professor & Associate Head

Coordinator of the Policing in Chicago Research Group

Sociology & Black Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

4125 BSB


1007 W Harrison St

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5904

CV Download:

Clarno - CV - 2021.08


Research Interests: Racism, Capitalism, Colonialism, Empire, Policing, Comparative Racial Formation, Global and Transnational Sociology, Urban Sociology, Political Sociology 

Andy Clarno is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, coordinator of the Policing in Chicago Research Group, and Associate Head of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines racism, capitalism, colonialism, and empire in the early 21st century, with a focus on racialized policing and struggles for social justice in contexts of extreme inequality. Andy teaches courses on race and ethnicity, global capitalism, policing, and urban sociology.

Andy’s first book, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press 2017), traces the shifting dynamics of racial capitalism and settler colonialism in South Africa and Palestine/Israel over the last 25 years.  The book addresses the limitations of liberation in South Africa, highlights the impact of neoliberal restructuring in Palestine/Israel, and argues that a new form of “neoliberal apartheid” has emerged in both regions. Neoliberal Apartheid received two awards from the American Sociological Association: the PEWS Distinguished Book Award from the Political Economy of the World System section and the Paul Sweezy Book Award from the Marxist Sociology section.

Andy is coordinator of the Policing in Chicago Research Group (PCRG), a team of faculty and graduate students at UIC that provides research support to social movements confronting racialized policing from local law enforcement, federal immigration authorities, and national security agencies. The group also facilitates participatory action research projects by young people directly impacted by policing and provides pedagogical training for students interested in political activist ethnography. In May 2020, Radical History Review published a roundtable documenting the work of the PCRG. The PCRG has released three reports on the police use of gang databases: Tracked and Targeted (February 2018)Expansive and Focused Surveillance (June 2018), and Accountability After Abolition (May 2019) and is working on a co-authored book manuscript documenting our work over the last four years.

Selected Publications

“Power” with Cedric de Leon in The New Handbook of Political Sociology, edited by T. Janoski, C. de Leon, J. Misra, and I. Martin (Cambridge University Press 2020).

“Neoliberal Colonization in the West Bank” in Social Problems (August 2018)

“Rethinking Our Definition of Apartheid” with Haidar Eid in Al-Shabaka (August 2017)

The Thorns that Exist and Resist: Black-Palestine Solidarity in the 21st Century” in Middle East Report (Winter 2017)

“Hiking the West Bank” in Contexts (Spring 2015)

“Rescaling White Space in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg” in Antipode (November 2013)

“Securing Oslo” in Middle East Report (Winter 2013)