Ranganathan, M, D. Pike, and S. Doshi. 2023. Corruption Plots: Stories, Ethics, and Publics in the Late Capitalist City. Ithaca and New York: Cornell University Press.

Cháirez-Garza, J.F., M.D. Gergan, M. Ranganathan, and P. Vasudevan (Eds). 2022. Rethinking Difference in India Through Racialization: Caste, Tribe, and Hindu Nationalism in Transnational Perspective. New York and London: Routledge.


Rahman, N (and others). 2023. South Asian Climates: “Towards Pluralistic Narratives and Expanded Lexicons,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 47 (4): 667-687.

Ranganathan, M and A Bonds. 2022. “Racial Regimes of Property: Introduction to the Special Issue,” Environment and Planning: D (Society and Space), 40 (2): 197-207.

Ranganathan, M. 2022. “Towards a Political Ecology of Caste and the City”, Journal of Urban Technology, 29 (1): 135-143.

Ranganathan, M. 2022. “Caste, Racialization, and the Making of Environmental Unfreedoms in Urban India”, Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 (2): 257-277.

Chairez-Garza, J, M Gergan, M Ranganathan, and P Vasudevan. 2022. “Introduction to the Special Issue: Rethinking Difference in India Through Racialization”, Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 (2): 193-215.

Anguelovski, A Brand, M. Ranganathan, and D Hyra. 2021. “Decolonizing the Green City: From Environmental Privilege to Emancipatory Green Justice”, Environmental Justice

Ranganathan, M and E Bratman. 2021. “From Urban Resilience to Abolitionist Climate Justice”, Antipode 53 (1): 115-137.

Yam, E, M Silva, M Ranganathan, J White, T Hope, C Ford. 2021.”Time to take Critical Race Theory seriously: Moving Beyond a Colorblind Gender Lens in Global Health”, The Lancet – Global Health 9 (4): e389-e390

Kiefer, K and M Ranganathan. 2020. “The Politics of Participation in Cape Town’s Slum Upgrading: The Role of Productive Tension”, Journal of Planning Education and Research 40 (3): 263-277.

Ranganathan, M. 2020. “Empire’s Infrastructures: Racial Finance Capitalism and Liberal Necropolitics”, Urban Geography 41 (4): 492-496.

Ranganathan, M. 2018. “Rule By Difference: Empire, Liberalism, and the Legacies of Urban ‘Improvement'”, Environment and Planning: A (Economy and Space) 50 (7): 1386–1406.

Doshi, S and M Ranganathan. 2018.“Toward a Critical Geography of Corruption and Power in Late Capitalism”, Progress in Human Geography, 43 (3): 436-457.

Doshi, S and M Ranganathan. 2017. “Contesting the Unethical City: Land Dispossession and Corruption Narratives in Urban India”, Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107 (1): 183-199.

Ranganathan, M. 2016. “Thinking with Flint: Racial Liberalism and the Roots of an American Water Tragedy”, Capitalism Nature Socialism 27 (3): 17-33.

Ranganathan, M. 2015. “Storm Drains as Assemblages: The Political Ecology of Flood Risk in Postcolonial Bangalore”, Antipode 47 (5): 1300-1320. Video abstract:

Ranganathan, M and C Balazs. 2015. “Water Marginalization at the Urban Fringe: Environmental Justice and Urban Political Ecology Across the North-South Divide”, Urban Geography 36 (3): 403-423.

Ranganathan, M. 2014. “Paying for Water, Claiming Citizenship: Political Agency and Water Reforms at the Urban Periphery”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38 (2): 590-608.

Ranganathan, M. 2014. “Mafias in the Waterscape: Urban Informality and Everyday Public Authority in Bangalore”, Water Alternatives 7 (1): 89-105.


Anguelovski, I, M Ranganathan, and D Hyra. 2021. “The Racial Inequalities of Green Gentrification in Washington, DC”, in I Anguelovski and J Connolly (eds) The Green City and Social Injustice: 21 Tales from North America and Europe. New York: Routledge.

S Doshi and M Ranganathan. 2019. “Corruption” in Antipode Editorial Collective (Eds), Keywords in Radical Geography. Antipode Book Series.

Ranganathan, M and S Doshi. 2019. “A Radical Politics for the Anthropocene? Political Ecologies of Dispossession and Anticorruption in Urban India” in H Ernstson and E Swyngedouw (Eds), Interrupting the Anthro-Obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities.  Routledge: New York and London.

Ranganathan, M. 2018.“Rethinking Urban Water Informality” in K Conca and E Weinthal (Eds), Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy. Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York.

Ranganathan, M. 2017. “”Hydraulic Politics In/Beyond the World Class City” Review Forum for Lisa Bjorkman’s Pipe Politics. Dialogues in Human Geography 7 (3): 349-351.

Ranganathan, M. 2017. “Endangered City by Austin Zeiderman and Hydraulic City by Nikhil Anand Review Forum“, Society and Space, the blog for the journal Environment and Planning: D.

Ranganathan, M. 2013. “Financialized and Insurgent: The Dialectics of Participation in Bangalore’s Neoliberal Water Reforms”, pp 65-88 in K Coelho, L Kamath, and M Vijayabaskar (Eds), Participolis: Consent and Contention in India’s Neoliberal Urban Governance. Routledge: Abingdon and New Delhi.

Ranganathan, M. 2012. “Reengineering Citizenship: Municipal Reforms and the Politics of ‘e-Grievance Redressal’ in Karnataka’s Cities”, pp 109-132 in R Desai and R Sanyal (Eds), Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. Sage: Thousand Oaks and New Delhi.

Ranganathan, M. 2011. “The Embeddedness of Cost Recovery: Water Reforms and Associationism at Bangalore’s Fringes”, pp 165-190 in J Anjaria and C McFarlane (Eds), Urban Navigations: Politics, Space, and the City in South Asia. Routledge: Abingdon and New Delhi.


Ranganathan, M. September 9, 2022. “Urban flooding has everything to do with real estate corruption,” The Washington Post. LINK TO PDF

Ranganathan, M. 2019. “Property, Pipes, and Improvement”, e-Flux Architecture Special Issue on Liquid Utility,

Decolonizing Infrastructure in India and the US: A Conversation with Malini Ranganathan by Siddharth Menon. 2019:

Ranganathan, M. 2019. “A Legacy of Abolition and Love in the Work of a Washington, DC Organizer”, The North Star,  June 2 See PDF version here

Ranganathan, M. 2018. “Beyond Third World Comparisons: America’s Geography of Water, Race, and Poverty”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Spotlight Series on “Parched Cities, Parched Citizens”

Ranganathan, M. 2017. “The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining”, Social Science Research Council Items Series on “Just Environments” Republished in Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society

Ranganathan, M and S Doshi. 2017. “The Color of Corruption: Whiteness and Populist Narratives”, Society & Space Open Site, Environment and Planning: D

Ranganathan, M. December 10, 2015. “Why Bengaluru is not Immune to Floods: It’s All About Land (and Money)”, Citizen Matters.

Ranganathan, M. 2014. “High Tech and the Monsoon” in R Burdett, P Rode, P Shankar, and S Vahidy (Eds), Governing Urban Futures (Urban Age Series). London: London School of Economics and Political Science.