Vivek Chibber was born in Delhi, India. He is a professor of sociology at New York University, where he has been since receiving his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in 1999. He is author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton: 2003), as well as articles on imperialism, Marxist theory, long-term historical change, and the political economy of development.
Vivek Chibber, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Bill Fletcher Jr., Frances Fox Piven and David Graeber were speakers on the closing plenary, Visions for the Future at the Left Forum. The forum was held March 9 - 11, 2007 at Cooper Union College, New York City
In 2009, the Left Forum board included Stanley Aronowitz, Roderick Bush, Eric Canepa, Vivek Chibber, Nancy Holmstrom, Jamie McCallum, Lorraine Minnite, Frances Fox Piven, Hobart Spalding, Bill Tabb, Richard D. Wolf and Julia Wrigley.