Grad Students

Samuel Brandt



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My research ambitiously seeks to assemble a complete historical trajectory of human interventions into territory. I ask how people and institutions negotiate the landscapes constructed by, through, and around them across multiple scales and generations.

My primary project is a longue durée study of land tenure, social relations and housing in rural Uruguay. I look specifically at MEVIR, a parastatal initiative started in 1967 to house rural wage laborers and small-scale agricultural producers.

Fields of Study

historical geography, planning/architectural history, environmental history, cultural landscapes, the Southern Cone and Brazil, music geography, housing and the home, travel writing

Advisors

Stephen Bell

Awards

2014 Fulbright U.S. Student

2013 NCGE/AAG Excellence of Scholarship Award

2012 Undergraduate Travel Grant, Nicholson Center for British Studies, The University of Chicago

2012 Ann Natunewicz Travel Grant, Committee on Geographical Studies, The University of Chicago

Research

My research ambitiously seeks to assemble a complete historical trajectory of human interventions into territory. I ask how people and institutions negotiate the landscapes constructed by, through, and around them across multiple scales.

Following a Fulbright in Uruguay, I completed a book manuscript tentatively titled, "Uruguay, The Little Country in the Middle: Journeys Between Superlative and Mundane", that examines how an ideal of governance by and for the middle-class and its constituent social experiments impact everyday life in Uruguay, and how this small, isolated nation interacts with the wider world.

My current primary project is a longue durée study of land tenure, social relations and housing in rural Uruguay. I look specifically at MEVIR, a parastatal initiative started in 1967 to house rural wage laborers and small-scale agricultural producers.

My undergraduate thesis on the impact of ring roads on land use and urban form in post-World War II Britain has been cited by the BBC.

Degrees

A.B. Geographical Studies with Honors, The University of Chicago (2013)

Publications

Newspapers, Magazines, and Radio:

El País (Uruguay), "Túnez, un país espejo al otro lado del mundo" (November 2017)

Semanario Búsqueda, “Uruguay Según los Extranjeros” (February 2016)

The Register-Guard, “Pot, gay marriage barely make a stir in Uruguay” (July 2015)

Roads and Kingdoms, “The Raiders of Ruta 7” (July 2015)

Lvblcity, “Malmö: The Many Faces of the European City” (June 2015)

IBWM, “A cast of characters: Why la Celeste stands unique” (February 2015)

WBEZ, “How the Dan Ryan Changed the South Side” (June 2013)

Media Appearances:

BBC, “Are these the worst ring roads in England” (April 2014)