Benjamin Goldfrank, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
My current research focuses on citizen participation in Latin America's new left-leaning governments.
Benjamin Goldfrank joined the School of Diplomacy and International Relations as an Assistant Professor in 2007. His teaching and research interests focus on the comparative analysis of Latin American politics, sub-national governments, participatory budgeting and political parties.
Dr. Goldfrank is the author of Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America: Participation, Decentralization and the Left (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011) and co-editor of The Left in the City: Participatory Local Governments in Latin America (London: Latin American Bureau and Transnational Institute, 2004), which has been translated into Spanish and Italian. He has also published several book chapters and articles, with recent pieces in Nueva Sociedad, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Comparative Politics, and Politics, Religion, and Ideology.
Prior to joining the School, Dr. Goldfrank taught at the University of New Mexico and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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- Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
- M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
- B.A., Social Studies, Harvard University, 1993
Awards and Grants
Salgo-Noren Teacher of the Year, School of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University, 2012.
Researcher of the Year, School of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University, 2011-2012.
University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, 2010.
Fulbright Fellowship, for dissertation research in Brazil, 1998-9.
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 1993.
- The World Bank and the Globalization of Participatory Budgeting
Journal of Public Deliberation, 8:2,
- Democracia participativa y sostenibilidad ambiental: Una revisita a las Lecciones de América Latina
Nueva Sociedad, Buenos Aires, Argentina, No. 240 (July-August 2012),
- Church, State, and Human Rights in Latin America
Politics, Religion & Ideology, 13:1 (March 2012),
- Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America: Participation, Decentralization and the Left
University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press,
- Municipal Neoliberalism and Municipal Socialism: Urban Political Economy in Latin America
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(2),