Mimi Sheller

Dean of Global School
The Global School
AB History and Literature Harvard University
MA Sociology and Historical Studies New School for Social Research
PhD Sociology and Historical Studies New School for Social Research
Expert Bio

Mimi Sheller is the Dean of The Global School at WPI. She is a widely cited expert in the post-colonial context of the Caribbean, with particular expertise on Haiti. Sheller also founded and directed the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, an interdisciplinary field that studies the movement of people, objects, and information, as well as the complex new mobilities (and immobilities) that are afforded by changing technologies and infrastructures. Sheller can also provide insight into the following:

  • Caribbean migration
  • Climate migration
  • Lifestyle mobilities
  • Labor migration and nomadic workers
  • Deportation from the United States

She is the author of seven books, eight co-edited books, and 125 refereed journal articles and book chapters as well as the founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities. since. In addition she has consulted for international agencies, including the World Bank, and for such companies as Michelin, and has given dozens of keynote talks and invited lectures at leading universities in the United States and Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

EVs Can’t Fix a Global Epidemic of ‘Car Harm,’ Study Finds

 Mimi Sheller, dean of The Global School and mobilities researcher, provided analysis for this Bloomberg article on a new review that estimates the number of deaths, injuries, and other health and social impacts attributed to vehicles and driving

BBC Radio 4
Power Drive

The Global School Dean Mimi Sheller was interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s Analysis program for an episode which explores the politics around driving, traffic policy, fuel taxes, and the political power of the motorist. Sheller, a scholar on mobilities, discusses the role of the vehicle in society, lifestyle, and identity; and how the pandemic changed some mindsets and behaviors around driving. 

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