Sudhir Venkatesh
Professor, Columbia University

Sudhir is a sociologist, urbanist and author. His work has taken him from living among Chicago gang members, to hanging out in ad agencies, to uncovering the hidden world of New York City's sex trade. Sudhir lives one of the most interesting lives of anyone we know (don't take our word for it, read the first chapters of Gang Leader for a Day or Floating City and see if you can put them down). His ability to glean insights from highly complicated data and layered networks is one of many reasons his time is so actively sought by everyone from large corporations to federal agencies. Sudhir will be donating his sessions to support the Food Bank For New York City.

Likes to talk about
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research
Academic Publishing
Online Publishing
Urban Studies
Social Sciences
Higher Education
Data Analysis
Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 63 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $100 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 275,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget.