Sudhir Venkatesh

Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology, and the Committee on Global Thought, at Columbia University in the City of New York. Until 2012, he was senior advisor to the Department of Justice, working most closely with the FBI to improve organizational effectiveness.

His most recent book, Gang Leader For A Day (Penguin Press) received a Best Book award from The Economist. 

Venkatesh’ editorial writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. He writes for, and his stories have appeared in This American Life, WIRED, and Fast Company. 

Venkatesh received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University from 1996-1999. 

He works with large-scale organizations through The Lookinglass Consultancy to identify hidden patterns of behavior that: increase business risk, reduce organizational effectiveness, dilute enterprise value, and become dramatic obstacles to creativity.