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 Urban Studies, Society and Space, Progress in Human Geography, New Labor Forum, The Journal of Cultural Geography, The Geographical Bulletin, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, as well as in a number of other both academic and popular venues.


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  • Ph.D. Syracuse University, 2013 (Geography)
  • M.A. Syracuse University, 2008 (Geography)
  • B.A. Macalester College, 2006 (Geography and Spanish)

  • 2016- 2017 Faculty Fellow and the Center for Place Culture and Politics
  • 2015-2017 Ewing Kauffman Foundation Grant “Economic Inequality in the Driver’s Seat: Household Budgets in the On-Demand Mobile Service Sector,” (Co-PI Katie Wells)

  • Urban Transportation; Public Space; Transportation Labor; Rights

  • political economy of cities
  • public space and urban transportation
  • the role of urban social movements in shaping mass transit policy


Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

Selected Public Scholarship

  • URB 600 Classical Approaches to Urban Studies
  • URB 320 Urban Populations and Communities
  • URB 651 (Special Topics): The Right to the City
  • URB 200 Social Justice and the City
  • URB 499 BA Capstone
  • URB 699 MA Capstone

  • Affiliated Faculty in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center

Kafui Attoh