Garnette Cadogan

Garnette Cadogan

Visiting Fellow at University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Visiting Scholar at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge

Visiting Scholar 2017-2018

Hosted by Professor Brent Ryan Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP)


Garnette Cadogan is an essayist. He is a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar (2017-2018) at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

His current research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism. He writes about culture and the arts for various publications, and, in Fall 2017, was included in a list of 29 writers from around the world who "represent the future of new writing." He is the editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro) and is at work on a book on walking.

At MIT, Professor Brent Ryan of DUSP will host Cadogan as an MLK Visiting Scholar.



These Radiant Streets: Walking in the Modern City. Forthcoming 2018.

Editor-at-large and contributor of Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, co-editors, Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. University of California Press, 2016.


“Introduction to Carolyn Drake,” Aperture Magazine - Special issue on American Destiny (Spring 2017).

“Law of Love, Peace, and Libertie,” Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, co-edited with Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. University of California Press, 2016. Also published in Catapult (September 2017) as “Love Your Crooked Neighbor With Your Crooked Heart”.

“Round and Round,”Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, co-edited with Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. University of California Press, 2016. Also published with photo essay and video in BuzzFeed (October 2016) as “How To Walk Around the World Without Leaving New York”.

“Black and Blue,” The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, ed. Jesmyn Ward. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2016. Reprinted Literary Hub, Le Monde, Courrier International, and In These Times.

“A Family Name,” Freeman’s: Family (Summer 2016).

“Introduction to Ruddy Roye,” Aperture Magazine - Special issue on Vision and Justice (Summer 2016).

“Black and Blue,” Freeman’s: Arrival (Fall 2015). Inaugural issue of Freeman’s, a literary journal edited by former editor of Granta John Freeman. Other invited contributors include Haruki Murakami, Anne Carson, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Aleksandar Hemon, David Mitchell, and Etgar Keret.

Interview with Edwidge Danticat, BOMB Magazine Issue 126 (Winter 2014).

“Due North,” Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, ed. John Freeman. OR Books, 2014. Also published in Virginia Quarterly Review (September 2014).

“A Home in Song,” Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, eds. Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, University of California Press, 2013.

“Bouncing with Jubilee,” New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost. 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City, ed. Lee Barclay. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2010.

Roundtable on Haitian Music” (March 2009) and “What Does Revolution Sound Like?” (July 2009), The New Yorker Online. Roundtable essay-conversations with Laurent DuBois, Edwidge Danticat, Madison
Smartt Bell, Elizabeth McAlister, and Ned Sublette on the history, politics, and culture
of Haitian music and the Haitian Revolution.

Interview with Ned Sublette- Parts I & II, BOMB Magazine (Spring 2008).


“V. S. Naipaul’s World,” Caribbean Review of Books (May 2008).
“Reggae Messiah,” Caribbean Review of Books (February 2007).
“Mother of Us All,” Caribbean Review of Books (November 2007).
“Roy DeCarava: In Time,” Culture Catch (March 2006).


Flushing, Queens Sojourn–Garnette Cadogan introduces “God’s Row-Bowne Street”: How Flushing’s settlers planted seeds for our religious freedom

Garnette Cadogan and artist Sam Messer on BRIDGES Exhibit


Encountering Each Other: A new approach for teaching about race and racism in American cities, MIT Chalk Radio, 17 February 2021