Katharyne Mitchell
Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz

Katharyne Mitchell is professor of sociology and dean of the social sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her books include Crossing the Neoliberal Line(2004), Practising Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy (2008) and Making Workers: Radical Geographies of Education (2018). 

Written by Katharyne Mitchell

Residents line up for cow beans provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ease an ongoing food crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency. Mainok village, Western Borno State, Nigeria, 11 February 2017. Photo by Ashley Gilbertson/VII

Essay/
Poverty and development
The billionaire curse

Philanthropy is vital – but its mechanisms are as intricate and troubling as the baroque structures of high finance

Katharyne Mitchell