Book

My first book is entitled “Urban Power: Democracy and Inequality in São Paulo and Johannesburg,” and is under contract with Princeton University Press.

In 2021, an earlier version of this manuscript — also known as “my doctoral dissertation” — received three honors, including the best dissertation award from two sections of the American Sociological Association and an honorable mention for the best dissertation in the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Below are the citations from the sections in the ASA (LASA’s Brazil section does not provide citations for its awards):

“The committee were particularly impressed by your development of careful cross-case comparisons and process tracing to ask big theoretical questions, by the historical texture and clarity of your account, and by the new path you open towards a truly global urban sociology.”
— ASA Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology

“Bradlow’s dissertation is intellectually stimulating and contributes to various different discussions in the literature by moving forward the study of social movements, development, and democracy. It is also politically important in its overall analysis of how social movements can impact institutional arrangements to reduce social inequalities. The committee was impressed with the data and the comparative case study design across three public goods. This is a timely project given current importance of finding ways to actually deepen democracy, not just transition from autocratic regimes to formal political democracy or defend existing liberal democracy from the Right in rearguard battles. There are exciting contributions here on social movements, embeddedness, and state capacity and cohesion.”
— ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements