Daniel Aldana Cohen, Ph.D

Daniel Aldana Cohen

Assistant Professor of SociologyDirector, Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2


Office: McNeil 251


Ph.D. Sociology, New York University, 2016

B.A. Intellectual History and International Development Studies, McGill University, 2005

Research Interests

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. Aldana Cohen is also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (2018-19).  

Daniel works on the politics of climate change, investigating the intersections of climate change, political economy, inequalities of race and social class, and political projects of elites and social movements in global cities of the North and South. He's a coauthor of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso 2019). He's working on a book about housing, inequality, and climate politics in New York and São Paulo, tentatively titled Street Fight: Climate Change and Inequality in the 21st Century City.

Select recent publications:


Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos. 2019. A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal. New York and London: Verso Books.

(Note: More frequently updated publications, as well as writing for a non-specialist audience, available here.)

Journal articles:

Rice, Jennifer, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Joshua Long, Jason Jurjevich. 2019. Contradictions of the Climate‐Friendly City: New Perspectives on Eco‐Gentrification and Housing JusticeInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Online first. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12740

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2018. Water Crisis and Eco-Apartheid in São Paulo: Beyond Naive Optimism About Climate-Linked Disasters. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. “Spotlight on Parched Cities, Parched People” series. November.

Wachsmuth, David, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Hillary Angelo. 2016. Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability. Nature, 536:7618, 391-393. DOI: 10.1038/536391a

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2016. The Rationed City: The politics of water, housing, and land use in drought-parched São Paulo. Public Culture, 28:2, 261-289.

Cohen, Daniel Aldana and Max Liboiron. 2016. New York’s Two Sandys. Metropolics. 20 October 2014.

Book chapters:

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. In press, out June 2019. Working-Class Environmentalism. In Klinenberg, Eric, Caitlin Zaloom, and Sharon Marcus eds. Antidemocracy in America: Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk, New York: Columbia University Press.

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2017. The Other Low-Carbon Protagonists: Poor People’s Movements and Climate Politics in São Paulo. Pp 140-157. In Miriam Greenberg and Penny Luce eds. The City is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2017. Urban Policy and Planning for Climate Change. In Alison Bain and Linda Peake eds. Urbanization In A Global Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 155-169.

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2016. Petro-Gotham, People’s Gotham. In Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Shapiro eds. Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Berkeley: University of California Press, 47-54.

White papers and other scholarly writing:

Cohen, Daniel Aldana and Kevin Ummel. 2019. Follow the Carbon: The Case for Neighborhood-Level Carbon Footprints. Policy Digest. Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. July 2.

Paprocki, Kasia, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Rebecca Elliott and Liz Koslov. 2019. The Useful Discomfort of Critical Climate Social Science. In SSRC Items. May 7.

Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2018. Climate Justice and the Right to the City. White Paper. Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Penn Institute for Urban Research, and Perry World House, at the University of Pennsylvania. <penniur.upenn.edu/uploads/media/Cohen.pdf>

Bergren, Erin, Jessica Coffey, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Ned Crowley, Liz Koslow, Max Liboiron, Alexis Merdjanoff, Adam Murphree, and David Wachsmuth. 2013. “A Tale of Two Sandys.” White paper. Superstorm Research Lab. New York. <http://superstormresearchlab.org/white-paper>