Gregory was the inaugural Dr. Kenneth and Kareitha Forde Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. He shared his boisterous enthusiasm with students, colleagues, the university, and the world. His extraordinary work in Anthropology on the intersection of race, class, gender, and urban-based social movements unfolded in numerous books and articles, notably the volumes Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community, Santería in New York City: A Study in Cultural Resistance, and The Devil Behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic, which received the Society for Urban Anthropology’s Anthony Leeds Prize, and the Gordon K. Lewis Book Prize, from the Caribbean Studies Association. His recently completed The Valley & the Acropolis: Power, Spatiality, and the Politics of Knowledge is forthcoming.
Messages honoring Gregory's legacy have been shared by numerous colleagues, community leaders, activists, and former students. A few of them can be found below:
The African American & African Diaspora Studies Department (AAADS) and the Department of Anthropology announce the untimely passing of Dr. Steven Gregory.https://t.co/XJpX7Tdf04
The anthro/urban studies, African American studies community is devastated today with the loss of Steven Gregory- giant urban ethnographer/photographer. Doesn’t seem real. @IRAASColumbiaU will post details soon - for now cherish /remember his powerful work. pic.twitter.com/RRNy7GzjC4
So sad to hear of the passing of Professor Steven Gregory. He was on faculty when I was a grad student at NYU. Of course he became a giant in urban anthropology and a leading light at Columbia's new Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Rest in Power