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Daniel Aldana Cohen

University of Pennsylvania
United States
Email dacoh [at] sas [period/dot]

Daniel Aldana Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2. In 2018-19, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey. Daniel led the research for the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act in 2019. He is the co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal. His research and writing have appeared in Nature, Public Culture, The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environmental Politics, The Guardian, The Nation, Dissent, and elsewhere.

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Jennifer Rice, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Joshua Long, & Jason Jurjevich. 2020. “Contradictions of the Climate‐Friendly City: New Perspectives on Eco‐Gentrification and Housing Justice,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2020).

Daniel Aldana Cohen & Thea Riofrancos. 2020. “Latin America’s Green New Deal,” NACLA Report on the Americas (June 2020).

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2020. “Confronting the Urban Climate Emergency: Critical Urban Studies in the Age of a Green New Deal,” City: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action (April 2020).

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2018. ”Water Crisis and Eco-Apartheid in São Paulo: Beyond Naive Optimism About Climate-Linked Disasters,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2018).

David Wachsmuth, Daniel Aldana Cohen, & Hillary Angelo. 2016. “Expand the Frontiers of Urban Sustainability,” Nature (August 2016).

Daniel Aldana Cohen. 2016. “The Rationed City: The politics of Water, Housing, and Land Use in Drought-Parched São Paulo,” Public Culture (May 2016).

Daniel Aldana Cohen & Max Liboiron. 2016. “New York’s Two Sandys,” Metropolics (October 2014).

Media Coverage

The Green New Deal’s Public Infrastructure Should Be Funded by the Public,” Mark Paul & Daniel Aldana Cohen, Dissent, September 21, 2020.

Climate crisis will deepen the pandemic. A green stimulus plan can tackle both,” Daniel Aldana Cohen & Daniel Kammen, The Guardian, April 20, 2020.

A Successful Climate Plan Must Also Tackle the Housing Crisis,” Daniel Aldana Cohen, The Guardian, October 1, 2019.

Eco-Apartheid is Real,” Daniel Aldana Cohen, The Nation, July 26, 2019.