Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work often focuses on place, race, and how human difference is thought about and acted on in the world. He is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World (Knopf, 2016) and co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (California, 2016), which received the Municipal Art Society’s annual Brendan Gill Prize given annually to one work of art “that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.”
Jelly-Schapiro is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, The Nation, Artforum, and Transition, among many other publications. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council. He earned his PhD in geography at UC-Berkeley, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, where he also teaches. He joins Pioneer Works as its inaugural Narrative Writer in Residence.