Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory and Director of the Urban Theory Lab at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. 

For further details about current work and recent publications, as well as videos of recent public lectures, please consult the website of the Urban Theory Lab-GSD at:

Prior to his appointment to the GSD, Neil Brenner served as Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago (1999); an MA in Geography from UCLA (1996); and a BA in Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, from Yale College (1991).   

Brenner's most recent book is the edited volume, Implosions / Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2014), which elaborates the conceptual foundations for the ongoing work of the Urban Theory Lab on contemporary forms of urbanization. 

Brenner is also the author of New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2004), as well as several edited volumes, including Cities for People, not for Profits: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (co-edited with Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer; Routledge 2011); Henri Lefebvre, State, Space, World (co-edited with Stuart Elden, co-translated with Gerald Moore and Stuart Elden, University of Minnesota Press, 2009); The Global Cities Reader (co-edited with Roger Keil; Routledge, 2006); Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe (co-edited with Nik Theodore; Blackwell, 2003); and State/Space: A Reader (co-edited with Bob Jessop, Martin Jones and Gordon MacLeod; Blackwell, 2002).  He has written many scholarly articles and book chapters on topics related to urban theory, spatial theory, spatialized political economy and method, a number of which have been translated into other languages.

In 2014, Brenner was selected as a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (  Based on Web of Science data, his scholarly publications were ranked among the top 1% most cited globally in the general social sciences between 2002 and 2012.




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