Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.
Research interests: Comparative urbanization; bureaucracy; democracy; inequality; Latin America; and sub-Saharan Africa.
Bio: Ben's research asks: Why are some cities more unequal than others? Why do government institutions reproduce or reduce urban inequalities? And when and how does democracy transform the organizational resources available to racialized and economic groups who aim to exploit or overcome urban inequalities? His current book project compares the divergent trajectories of urban public goods distribution — housing, sanitation, and transportation — in two mega-cities after transitions to democracy: São Paulo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Academic writing has been published in Social Forces, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, International Development Planning Review, and Environment & Urbanization. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Brown University, a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and a BA in History from Swarthmore College.
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