|Alma mater||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Known for||Urban Studies|
|Spouse(s)||Ibrahim Abu-Lughod m 1951, div. 1991|
|Children||Lila, Mariam, Deena, and Jawad|
Janet Abu-Lughod holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her teaching career began at the University of Illinois, took her to the American University in Cairo, Smith College, and Northwestern University, where she taught for twenty years and directed several urban studies programmes. In 1987 she accepted a professorship in sociology and historical studies at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, from which she retired as professor emerita in 1998. She has published over a hundred articles and thirteen books dealing with urban sociology, the history and dynamics of the World System, and Middle Eastern cities, including an urban history of Cairo that is still considered one of the classic works on that city: Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious.
In 1976 she was awarded a John Guggenheim Memoral Fellowship for Sociology 
She is especially famous for her monograph Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350 where she argues that a pre-modern world system extending across Eurasia existed in the 13th Century, prior to the formation of the modern world-system identified by Immanuel Wallerstein. In addition, she argues that the "rise of the West," beginning with the intrusion of armed Portuguese ships into the relatively peaceful trade networks of the Indian Ocean in the 16th century, was not a result of features internal to Europe, but was made possible by a collapse in the previous world system.
More recently, she had published several well-received works on American cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America's Global Cities and Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
- Abu-Lughod, Janet (1971). Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious. Princeton University Press. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-691-03085-2.
- Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. USA: Oxford University Press. 2007. p. 360. ISBN 978-0-19-532875-2.
- New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America's Global Cities. University of Minnesota Press. 2000. p. 580. ISBN 978-0-8166-3336-4.
- Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350. USA: Oxford University Press. 1991. p. 464. ISBN 978-0-19-506774-3.
- Changing Cities: Urban Sociology. Harpercollins College Div. 1991. p. 441. ISBN 978-0-06-040138-2.
- Rabat, Urban Apartheid in Morocco. Princeton Studies on the Near East. Princeton University Press. 1981. p. 374. ISBN 978-0-691-10098-2.
- Edward Said (June 12, 2001). Ibrahim Abu-Lughod "The Guardian(obituary)". Retrieved 2009-08-31. "Said 2001 misspells Deena's name as "Dina"; it is correctly spelled in Pace 2001."
- "First Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture". 2000-04-12. Retrieved 2009-08-31. "When I was still in high school, there were four books I read that left a life-shaping effect on everything I have since thought about cities. Two of those -- Techniques and Civilization (first published in 1934), and The Culture of Cities (first published in 1938) -- were written by Lewis Mumford. They made an urbanist out of me, and I was not alone. Single-handedly, Mumford's writings placed cities on the agenda of ordinary Americans."
- "Getcited - Janet Abu-Lughot". Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- "Guggenheim Fellowships". Retrieved 2009-08-31.