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Leandro Benmergui
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Purchase College, State University of New York
Assistant Professor of History
735 Anderson Hill Rd

Purchase, NY  

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About My Work
My scholarly work focuses on the social and cultural history of urban renewal and housing programs in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro during the Cold War. My areas of interest include the urban social and cultural history of Latin America from a multidisciplinary and transnational perspective. My book manuscript (in preparation) is a transnational history of housing and poverty, framed within a multidisciplinary approach that includes social and cultural history, architecture, urban planning, and a history of sociology.
“Building [in] the Alliance for Progress: Local and Transnational Encounters in the Construction of Low-Income Housing Complexes in Rio de Janeiro, 1962-1967,” in Making Cities Global: The Transnational Turn in Urban History, edited by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz and Nancy H. Kwak with a foreword by Tom Sugrue (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

“The Transnationalization of the ‘Housing Problem’: Social Science and Developmentalism in Postwar Argentina,” in Edward Murphy and Najib Hourani, eds., The Housing Question from High Modernist to Neoliberal Urbanism (London: Ashgate, 2013)

“The Alliance for Progress and Housing Policy in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires in the 1960s,” Urban History 36. No. 2 (2009): 303-326. Part of special issue on Transnational Urbanism in the Americas.

In Progress:
“Japanese-American Confinement and Scientific Democracy: Colonialism, Social Engineering, and Government Administration,” (co-authored with Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt)
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