Monstrous Politics: Geography, Rights, and the Urban Revolution in Mexico City

Sept. 22, 2023

After having completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) in August 2020, Dr. Ben Gerlofs joined The University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography in fall 2020. He works primarily at the intersection of urban, cultural, political, and historical geography, and has conducted research throughout North America and more recently East and Southeast Asia. Much of his work in Mexico City has explored the political economy of urbanization in historical perspective, the dynamics of contemporary urban social movements, and processes related to neighborhood change, including but not limited to gentrification, as detailed in his recently-released book Monstrous Politics: Geography, Rights, and the Urban Revolution in Mexico City (Vanderbilt University Press, 2023). He is currently working on a variety of comparative projects focused on urban aesthetics and politics, neighborhood change, and urban political ecology in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Mexico City. His teaching interests include introductory courses in Human Geography, intermediate and advanced courses in Urban, Political, and Cultural Geography as well as thematic issues such as social justice and urban cultural landscapes, and he is currently supervising graduate research projects in Vietnam, Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong. At PLAS, Dr. Gerlofs taught such courses as “The Urban Revolution in Latin America”, “Social Justice and the Latin American City”, and “Mexico City: Geography, Politics, and Everyday Life”.