Director | Urban Theory Lab
Lucy Flower Professor of Urban Sociology
Chair | Committee on Environment, Geography, and Urbanization
Neil Brenner’s writing and teaching focus on the theoretical dimensions of urban questions, and on the challenges of reinventing our approach to urbanization in relation to the crises, contradictions, and struggles of our time. Brenner’s main publications include New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Oxford, 2019), Critique of Urbanization: Selected Essays (Bauwelt Fundamente, 2017), Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2014) and New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Oxford, 2004). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He previously taught Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University, and Urban Theory at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.