Areas of expertise: political economy of cities; public space and urban transportation; the role of urban social movements in shaping mass transit policy.

Professor Attoh received his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D in Geography from Syracuse University. His broad interests are in the political economy of cities, the politics of public space and debates in and around the idea of the “right to the city.” His research has focused on three areas: 1) the role of transit within the political economy of cities;  2) the economic impact of limited access to transportation  on disadvantaged communities and 3) the role of urban social movements (including the labor movement) in shaping mass transit policy. He is the author of Rights in Transit: Public Transportation and the Right to the City in California’s East Bay (University of Georgia Press 2019). His work has appeared in Progress in Human GeographyNew Labor ForumThe Journal of Cultural GeographyThe Geographical BulletinACME: An International E-Journal for Critical GeographiesUrban StudiesAntipode and Space, and Polity.


Recent News

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies congratulates Urban Studies Professor, Kafui Attoh whose article, Public Transportation and the Idiocy of Urban Life was shortlisted for the Urban Studies best article award for 2017

May 25, 2018

An expert in political economy of cities, public space, and urban transportation, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Professor Kafui Attoh…

“How Poor Public Transportation Makes Idiots of us All” London School of Economics Blog

September 27, 2017

America’s mass transit systems are in a sorry state, and only a tiny minority of Americans makes use of them. For Kafui Attoh America’s transit is “idiotic” in two ways: in the sense that it is stupid to have not invested more in it, and in the way it isolates those unable to use cars, excluding them from urban public life.

Kafui Attoh, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Appointed as Faculty Fellow by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics

April 1, 2016

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is proud to announce that Kafui Attoh, associate professor of urban studies at the Murphy Institute, has been granted a faculty fellowship at The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics (CPCP) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Public Transportation and the Idiocy of Urban Life” shortlisted for best article of 2017 in the print edition of Urban Studies

January 06, 2016

This paper asserts urban transportation’s centrality to debates on ‘the public,’ the ‘right to the city’ and political mobilisation in cities.

Kafui Attoh