Andy Clarno

Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Sociology


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
M.A. Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004
Advanced Arabic for Research, Institut Français d'Etudes Arabes de Damas (IFEAD), Damascus, Syria, 2002
B.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Summa Cum Laude, 1997

Research Interests

Andy Clarno is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research examines racism, capitalism, colonialism, and empire in the early 21st century, with a focus on the relationship between marginalization and securitization.  Andy teaches courses on globalization, race and ethnicity, policing, and urban sociology. 

Andy is currently leading a research workshop focused on policing in Chicago. Building on long histories of struggle, communities of color in Chicago are forging powerful solidarities as they confront the criminalization of Black youth, the deportation of Latinxs, and the surveillance of Arab/Muslim communities.  Yet most studies of policing analyze these communities in isolation. This project will shift the focus by exploring the relationship between local police departments, federal immigration authorities, and national security agencies. It is designed as a community-engaged research workshop that brings faculty and students at UIC into conversation with community organizations in Chicago.

Recent publications include “Neoliberal Colonization in the West Bank” in Social Problems (Forthcoming), 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), and “The Constitution of State/Space and the Limits of ‘Autonomy’ in South Africa and Palestine/Israel” in Sociology and Empire, edited by George Steinmetz (2013).

Andy’s new book, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press 2017), analyzes the political, economic, and social changes in South Africa and Palestine/Israel since 1994. As scholars and activists turn to South African history to make sense of the current conditions in Palestine/Israel, Neoliberal Apartheid is the first comparative study of social change both regions since the 1990s.  It 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.


Until the 1980s, South Africa and Israel were settler colonial states managing racial Fordist economies defined by state support for industrial and agricultural production, racialized welfare states, and split labor markets.  Since the 1990s, neoliberal restructuring in both contexts has been coupled with political negotiations to overturn or at least restructure colonial domination. Studying the transitions, therefore, requires attention to the shifting colonial strategies and racial projects that have occurred alongside neoliberal restructuring.  The South African state was democratized, but the neoliberalization of racial capitalism has placed important limits on decolonization. In Palestine/Israel, on the other hand, neoliberal restructuring has been coupled with an aggressive Israeli settler colonial strategy that involves the extension of limited autonomy to the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. In both South Africa and Palestine/Israel, neoliberalization and (de)colonization have generated social formations marked by: extreme inequality, racialized marginalization, advanced securitization, and constant crises. I refer to this combination as neoliberal apartheid. 


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