Tony Roshan Samara

Tony Roshan Samara

Tony Roshan Samara

Affiliate Faculty

race, ethnicity and nationalism, globalization, urban studies and international development and security.

Tony Samara is the Director of Land Use and Housing at Urban Habitat ( Tony has conducted extensive research focused on the politics of development and the marginalization of low-income communities, with an emphasis on housing, gentrification, and displacement. Since 2007 he has worked with the Right to the City Alliance as a resource ally, and currently serves on the Alliance’s national steering committee. Tony has a PHD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA from the City University of New York. Before joining Urban Habitat he was an associate professor of sociology at George Mason University. He runs the Cities and Globalization Twitter account at and most of his publications are available at

Selected Publications

Echeverria, F., Gordon, L., Majid, M., Rupani, S. & Samara, T.R. 2018. Rooted in Home: Community Based Alternatives to the Bay Area Housing Crisis, Urban Habitat and East Bay Community Law Center, Oakland, CA


Samara, Tony Roshan. 2016. “Policing Development: Urban Renewal as Neoliberal Security Strategy”, Urban Studies, 53 n.11. Virtual Special Issue: The racial state and resistance in Ferguson and beyond. Kate Driscoll Derickson (ed). Reprint.


Samara, Tony Roshan. 2014. “Housing Demolition and the Right to Place,” polis,