BA Candidate: Critical Geography and Political Ecology
Born in Skokie, Illinois, Ben was drawn to Gallatin’s independent and interdisciplinary structure which has allowed him to develop a concentration suited towards his intellectual pursuits, integrating social theory and critique with human geography and the environmental humanities. Ben's concentration examines confounding conditions that establish spatial environments and the differential power relations that drive ecological issues and changes.
Through the Environmental Studies Partnership, Ben’s coursework ranges across the schools of NYU. He has completed courses including "Environmental Systems Science," "Anthropocene Narratives," and an independent study with Karen Holmberg on political ecology and social theory of the environment. His research is informed by the following theoretical and counter-normative orientations of inquiry and critique: poststructural, postcolonial, queer, Indigenous, Marxist, feminist.
Ben has interned at the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, where he examined global impacts of climate change on children. This past summer he was an Andrew W. Mellon Junior Fellow at the Humanities Institute of the NYBG and also conducted research in Hawai’i through the Gallatin Dean’s Award for Summer Research. He currently volunteers as a docent at the Climate Museum. Last semester Ben travelled to Aotearoa New Zealand with the Gallatin Dean’s Honor Society; he will be heading to Portugal in 2020 with this year's cohort. Following graduation, Ben plans to pursue a doctoral program in geography.