Urban Research Seminar
The NYU Urban Initiative presents Professor Destin Jenkins as the next speaker in a line up of eminent international scholars for Urban Research Seminar. This event series is open to the greater NYU community in an effort to integrate NYU's faculty and students with a keen interest in cities.
Destin Jenkins is a scholar of racial inequality. His work bridges the fields of economic, urban, and political history, and focuses on capitalism, democracy, and social movements in the United States during the long twentieth century.
He is the author of The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City (University of Chicago Press, 2021). The book re-situates the history of urban development in postwar San Francisco in the financing networks that underwrote the construction of the built environment. Its major argument is that racial inequalities in the ‘City by the Bay’ were critically tied to these financial arrangements and that these, as much or more than local political dynamics, were central in determining the distribution of resources within the city.