Published writing & media appearances


“Weapons Of The Strong: Elite Resistance And The Neo-Apartheid City”, City & Community [link][pdf]

“The Long March: Deep Democracy in Cross-National Perspective”, with Mohammad Ali Kadivar and Adaner Usmani. Social Forces. 98:3, 1311-1338. [link] [pdf]

“Brazilians firmly rejected many local candidates their president had backed.” The Monkey Cage (Washington Post) [link]

“Subsidies for South Africa’s minibus taxis must prioritise needs of passengers – and cities.” The Conversation. With Herrie Schalekamp. [link]

“Why operational subsidies are key to reforming South Africa’s minibus taxi sector.” The Conversation. [link]

“Responding to global crises with low-carbon social housing”, Eurozine [link]
*Translated into Estonian in Vikerkaar, June 2020.

“Brazil’s Political Peripheries and the Authoritarian Style”, Spotlight On series on “Political Geographies of Right-Wing Populism”. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research. [link]

“One Way to Make the Green New Deal Actually Happen: a Super-Ministry.” CityLab (Bloomberg). [link]

Review of Democratizing Urban Development: Community Organizations for Housing Across the United States and Brazil. By Maureen Donaghy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2018. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research. 43:5, 1007-8. [link] [pdf]

“Whither A Global Wave Of Populism: A Conversation With Edwin Ackerman and Marco Garrido”, with Johnnie Anne Lotesta. Global and Transnational Sociology Section Newsletter, Fall 2019, 17-22. [pdf]

“Bolsonaro’s anger won over working-class Brazilians, but his presidency may betray them.” 21 December. The Conversation. [link]

“Self-styled defender of the Paris agreement is facing blowback.” 6 December. Financial Times. [link]

“Trickle-Down Authoritarianism.” 5 November. Boston Review. [link]

“Evidence against Lula was inadequate.” 9 April. Financial Times. [link]

“South Africa’s ruling party recalled President Zuma. But the ANC faces 3 big challenges.” 14 February. The Monkey Cage (Washington Post). [link]

“‘Let them occupy!’ The struggle for housing in Brazil and South Africa.” 12 February. Africa Is A Country. [link]

“Somerville’s turn to ‘sewer socialism’” 18 November. CommonWealth. [link]

“Public sector must protect communities.” 25 October. Financial Times. [link]

“Danger of new localism driving urban inequality.” 25 July. Financial Times. [link]

“The threat to South Africa’s Democracy Goes Deeper than State Capture”. 20 June. The Conversation [link]

“Growth and equality can be promoted together”. 10 August. Financial Times [link]

“A rightward shift, but not quite a shock: Municipal elections in Brazil and South Africa”. 28 October. Policy Trajectories: Blog of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology. [link]

“City learning from below: urban poor federations and knowledge generation through transnational, horizontal exchange”, International Development Planning Review. 37:2, 129-142. [link] [pdf]

“A Democratic Infrastructure for Johannesburg”. In Toni L. Griffin, Ariella Cohen, and David Maddox, eds. The Just City Essays: 26 Visions for Urban Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity. New York, NY: The J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, Next City and The Nature of Cities. 63-66. [link]
*This book was selected as part of the Three Books program for all incoming undergraduates at Stanford University in 2019. [link]*

“Quiet Conflict: Institutional Change, Informal Settlement Upgrading, and Formalized Partnerships Between Local Authorities and Urban Social Movements in South Africa.” In Peter Herrle, Astrid Ley, and Josefine Fokdal, eds. From Local Action to Global Networks: Housing the Urban Poor. Ashgate Publishing: Surrey, UK. 87-105. [link] [pdf]

“Housing, Institutions, Money: The failure and promise of human settlements policy and practice in South Africa”, with Joel Bolnick and Clifford Shearing. Environment & Urbanization, 23:1, 267-76. [link] [pdf]

“Out of the Garden of Eden: Moving Beyond the Rights-Based Agenda in the Urban Sector” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, 11:1, 47-49. [link] [pdf]
“Inclusion: A Sustainability Agenda for African City Growth”. Perspectives: Political Analysis and Commentary from Africa. Heinrich Boll Foundation. 3(12): 6-10.

“Towards A Pro-Poor ‘Agenda for Change’: Opportunities and Experiences of Slum Policy and Practice in Freetown, Sierra Leone”. Y-Care International. London. 1-36.
* Includes a foreword by Bowenson F. Philips, Chief Administrator of Freetown City Council

Media interviews

Radio interview on PowerFM (Johannesburg, South Africa) [link]

Quoted in Logan, Tim. “Neighborhood group, developers close to agreement on 15-acre Union Square project.” The Boston Globe. [link]

Quoted in Scanlon, Jessie. “Success is killing San Francisco. Is Boston next?” The Boston Globe [link]

Radio interview on Radio Open Source (WBUR-Boston) [link]

Podcast interview on Aufhebunga Bunga: The Global Politics Podcast at the End of the End of History (UK/Brazil) [link]

TV interview on CGTN America (CCTV — China) [link]

Radio interview on PowerFM (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Radio interview on CapeTalk/Radio702 (Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa) [link]

Quoted in Adler, David. “Story of Cities #19: Johannesburg’s apartheid purge of vibrant Sophiatown”. The Guardian (UK) [link]