Research

Journal Articles

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

2020 
“The Long March: Deep Democracy in Cross-National Perspective”, with Mohammad Ali Kadivar and Adaner Usmani. Social Forces. 98:3, 1311-1338. [link] [pdf]

2019
“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]

2015
“City learning from below: urban poor federations and knowledge generation through transnational, horizontal exchange”, International Development Planning Review. 37:2, 129-142. [link] [pdf]

2011        
“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]

Articles under review

“Embedded Cohesion: Social Bases Of Urban Public Goods Provision” [SocArxiv]
* Early Career Workshop Award, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, 2020

Book chapters, essays and reviews

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

2019               
“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]
          
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]

2016                
“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]

2015                
“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]
        
“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]*

2011                 
“Inclusion: A Sustainability Agenda for African City Growth”. Perspectives: Political Analysis and Commentary from Africa. Heinrich Boll Foundation. 3(12): 6-10.

2010                 
“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

Articles under preparation

“Urban Power: A Historical Method of Global Comparison”

“Public Housing Spillovers In A Developing Country”, with Stefano Polloni (Mapdwell) and William Violette (Federal Trade Commission)

“Bureaucratic Capacity in the 21st Century: Above, Below, and Within the State”, with Alexander Kentikelenis (Bocconi University)

“Populist Ecologies”, with Tomás Gold (University of Notre Dame)