Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||Brown University
University of California, Berkeley
Eric Klinenberg is an American sociologist and a scholar of urban studies, culture, and media. He is best known for his contributions as a public sociologist.
Klinenberg was born in Chicago, where he attended the Francis W. Parker School. He has a BA from Brown University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University, as well as the editor of the journal Public Culture.
Books & Scholarship
Klinenberg's first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2002. The book is an account and analysis of the 1995 Chicago heat wave. Heat Wave won several scholarly prizes and was a Favorite Book selection by the Chicago Tribune. It was praised as “a remarkable, riveting account”; “intellectually exciting”; and a “trenchant, persuasive tale of slow murder by public policy”. Additionally, Malcolm Gladwell called it “a dense and subtle portrait”. A theatrical adaptation of Heat Wave premiered in Chicago in 2008, and Judith Helfand is directing a feature documentary based on the book.
Klinenberg's second book, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media, was called “politically passionate and intellectually serious,”, “a must-read for those who wonder what happened to good radio, accurate reporting and autonomous public interest”, and “eye-opening …required reading for conscientious citizens”. Since its publication, he has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and briefed the U.S. Congress on his findings.
His latest book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, was published in February 2012 by Penguin Press.
In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Klinenberg has contributed to popular publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique, Slate,[Playboy],the radio program This American Life  and the television program Real Time with Bill Maher.
- Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Eric Klinenberg, Irene J. Nexica, and Matt Wray, ed. (2001). The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-2740-0.
- Klinenberg, Eric (2003). Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-44322-5.
- Klinenberg, Eric (2005). Cultural Production in a Digital Age (Volume 597 of Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science). SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-4129-1689-9.
- Klinenberg, Eric (2008). Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-8050-8729-1.
- Klinenberg, Eric (2012). Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. Penguin. ISBN 978-1-101-55980-2.
- "America: Single, and Loving It". New York Times. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- Stromberg, Joseph (February 2012). "Eric Klinenberg on Going Solo: The surprising benefits, to oneself and to society, of living alone". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 11 February 2012.