Bench Ansfield

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Bench Ansfield is a PhD candidate in American Studies. Their dissertation, “Born in Flames: Arson, Racial Capitalism, and the Reinsuring of the Bronx in the Late Twentieth Century,” examines the wave of arson-for-profit that coursed through the Bronx and many other US cities in the 1970s. They worked as a researcher on the documentary Decade of Fire (2019), and their work has appeared in American Quarterly, Antipode, the Washington Post, as well as the collection, Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (2015), edited by Katherine McKittrick. Their work has been supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon Foundation, among others.

Racial capitalism, urban history, gender and sexuality studies, critical prison studies