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Benjamin Junge


Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz
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Wilson Center Projects

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

Full Biography

Benjamin Junge is associate professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Junge is a cultural anthropologist with specialization in the study of gender, sexuality, social movements, citizenship, religion, health and class. His primary research site is Brazil, where he has conducted several published studies about gender, citizenship and grassroots politics. In addition, he has published widely around HIV prevention among drug users in the United States. He is currently Lead PI on a three-year, three-city anthropological study of class mobility in Brazil, funded by the National Science Foundation.

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.