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Benjamin H. Bradlow

Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University

Benjamin H. Bradlow is a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University, and an affiliate of the Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion at Harvard's Weatherhead Center For International Affairs. His current book project, under contract with Princeton University Press, compares the divergent politics of urban public goods distribution — housing, sanitation, and transportation — in two mega-cities after transitions to democracy: Johannesburg, South Africa, and São Paulo, Brazil. The dissertation version of this manuscript received awards from multiple sections of the American Sociological Association and the Latin American Studies Association. His research articles have been published in Social Forces, Theory and Society, City & Community, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, International Development Planning Review, and Environment & Urbanization.


  • 2021–2022
    Lecturer, Harvard University
  • 2020–2021
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • 2019–2020
    Visiting Democracy Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government


  • 2020 
    Brown University, PhD, Sociology
  • 2013 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters in City Planning
  • 2008 
    Swarthmore College, BA, History