I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
In academic and public-facing writing, I make connections between urban inequalities and the political challenges for democracy that confront societies across the globe. My research asks: Why are some cities more unequal than others? Why do government institutions reproduce or reduce urban inequalities? When and how does democracy transform the organizational resources available to racialized and economic groups who aim to exploit or overcome urban inequalities? My current book project compares the divergent trajectories of urban public goods distribution — housing, sanitation, and transportation — in two mega-cities after transitions to democracy: Johannesburg, South Africa, and São Paulo, Brazil. I am increasingly interested in how the distribution and governance of these goods determines possibilities for transitioning from carbon-based economies in middle-income and rich countries.
Academic writing has been published or is forthcoming in Social Forces, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, International Development Planning Review, and Environment & Urbanization. I have also published essays in public-facing outlets including the Boston Review, CityLab, the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, The Conversation, as well letters in the Financial Times (6x), The Economist, and the New Yorker. Each of the last four years of my doctoral work in the Department of Sociology at Brown University were supported by successive, peer-reviewed grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the Brazilian Studies Association.