Ben Gerlofs

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in Latin American Studies
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329 Burr Hall
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12:30 pm-2:30 pm

BEN GERLOFS (Ph.D. Rutgers University). Gerlofs works at the intersection of urban, cultural, political, and historical geography. His current projects in Mexico City are concentrated around three major foci: 1) the political economy of urbanization in historical perspective; 2) the dynamics of contemporary urban social movements and the field of potential for grassroots politics; and 3) processes related to neighborhood change, including but not limited to gentrification. He explores these issues in the dynamic hyper-metropolis that is the Mexican capital city—the most populous urban area in the western hemisphere—whose historic neighborhoods are being demographically and aesthetically altered at an incredible rate, and whose systems of governance are on the edge of wholesale renovation as the city sheds the guise of the Federal District and is reborn as the State of Mexico City for the first time since the Mexican Revolution. His current book project, A Right to Leviathan: Grassroots Politics in the City of Palaces, interrogates the multivalent transformations of the Mexican capital from the last years of the Porfiriato to the present, and his current research project focuses on the intersection of urban environmental catastrophe and political economies of urban change.