Dr Carrie Benjamin

Dr Carrie Benjamin

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

Dr Benjamin is an urban anthropologist working on the ESRC/Open Research Area (ORA) project Atmospheres of (counter)terrorism in European cities. She is interested in the relationship between public space and the production of ‘race’, difference, and belonging in cities. 

Qualifications

  • 2017 - PhD Anthropology and Sociology (SOAS)
  • 2012 - MA Anthropology (George Washington University)
  • 2009 - BA Anthropology (University of California, Irvine)

Biography

Carrie’s research investigates the role of public space in the production of belonging, difference, and dis/comfort in cities. As an urban anthropologist, she is particularly interested in multisensory ethnography and the use of walking as a research method and creative practice. Her previous research explored the relationship between whiteness, racism, and gentrification in Paris. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from SOAS (2017) and has previously worked as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick (2018-2021) and a Research and Administrative Assistant for the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies (2015-2018). 

Research

Urban anthropology, public space, multisensory ethnography, walking and mobile methods, sociology of ‘race’ and racism, consumption, Paris, Birmingham

Publications

Benjamin, C.A. (2020), A place to breathe in the dense city: community gardening and participatory urbanism in Paris, Sociální studia, 17(1): 55-70. [Open access: https://journals.muni.cz/socialni_studia/article/view/13562]

Benjamin, C.A. (2018), ‘Exotic commerce’, French universalism, and the disruption of white space in Paris’s ‘Little Africa’, Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 21(3): 233-248. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGN2018.3.003.BENJ