Grad Students

Samuel Brandt

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Fields of Study

urban geography, historical geography, Latin America, built environment, urban morphology, infrastructure, cultural landscapes, Uruguay, England, music geography


Stephen Bell


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


Following a Fulbright in Uruguay, I completed a book manuscript that is a photographic, musical, cartographic, analytical, and personal journey into Uruguay's people, landscape and institutions, looking especially at the challenges of location and scale.

My current research looks at the long-term history of land tenure and social relations in rural Uruguay through the prism of housing, especially MEVIR, a parastatal initiative started in 1967 to house rural wage laborers and small-scale agricultural producers.

My undergraduate thesis studied the impact of ring roads on land use and urban form in post-World War II British cities.


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


Newspapers, Magazines, and Radio:

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)