Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University. She also holds a continuing appointment as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (UK) and is founding co-editor of the international journal Mobilities. She is on the international editorial boards of the journals Cultural Sociology, and African and Black Diaspora.
She was awarded her A.B. from Harvard University (1988, summa cum laude) in History and Literature, and MA (1993, with distinction) and PhD (1997) in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. She also held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for African and Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan. From 1998-2006 she was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University (UK). From 2006-2009 she was Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College, and in Fall 2008 was Visiting Fellow in the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. In October 2009 she is the Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar in Media@McGill, at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
She is the author of the books Consuming the Caribbean (2003), which explores the relations of production and consumption in the transatlantic world from the colonial era until today; Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica (2000); and recently completed Citizenship from Below: Caribbean Agency and Modern Freedom (forthcoming, Duke University Press). She is currently writing a book titled Aluminum Dreams, which tells the story of aluminum and its impact on the material culture of mobility, lightness and speed in the 20th century United States, in its relation to bauxite mining, tourism, and military power in the Caribbean and other tropical regions. She is also co-editor with John Urry of Mobile Technologies of the City (2006), Tourism Mobilities(2004), and a special issue of Environment and Planning A on “Materialities and Mobilities”.