Skip to main content

Benjamin Junge

Former Fellow


December 3, 2018 — July 26, 2019

Professional affiliation

Professor of Anthropology, State University of New York at New Paltz

Wilson Center Projects

Precarious Mobilities: Brazil’s ‘New Middle Class’ in Times of Growth and Crisis

Full Biography

Benjamin Junge is a professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of Cynical Citizenship: Gender, Regionalism and Political Subjectivity in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2018) and co-editor of Lived Religion and Lived Citizenship and the in-press Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair and Resistance in Brazil. His research focuses on class mobility, political attitudes, gender, sexuality, health, and religion. He recently co-directed a three-year investigation of political subjectivities among the demographic sector once known as Brazil’s “new middle class,” focusing on perceptions of the 2013-18 crisis, cultural memory of authoritarian pasts, and the rise of popular conservativism.

Major Publications

Junge, Benjamin. Cynical Citizenship: Gender, Regionalism, and Political Subjectivity in Porto Alegre, Brazil. University of New Mexico Press, 2018.

Junge, Benjamin. “‘The Energy of Others’: Narratives of Envy and Purification among Former Grassroots Community Leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil.” Latin American Research Review, vol. 49, no. S, 2014, pp. 81–98.

Junge, Benjamin. “NGOs as Shadow Pseudo-Publics: Grassroots Community Leaders’ Perceptions of Change and Continuity in Porto Alegre, Brazil.” American Ethnologist, vol. 39, no. 2, May 2012, pp. 407–24.