Benjamin Forest

Benjamin Forest at Halifax harbour 2016
Image by Noelani Eidse.

Political and Social Geography

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography

Office: Burnside Hall 308A
Phone: 514-398-4953
Fax: 514-398-7437
Personal website
benjamin.forest [at] (E-Mail)

Google Scholar Profile

Academic background

Research interests

I study the geographical nature of identity and identifications, and I am especially concerned with the political representation and construction of race, ethnicity, and nationality. My current research examines the political representation of ethnic minority groups, the use of monuments and memorials for (re)constructing post-Soviet national identities, and various issues of electoral geography, political parties, and governance.

Current projects

  • Representing Diversity: Riding Associations, Minority Candidates and Minority Constituencies in Canada
  • Electoral Constituencies, Political Community, and Representation
  • The Power of Symbolic Capital: Post-Communist Monuments Project

I am currently administering a survey on Canadian Environmental Organizations (December 2020-January 2021).

Some recent publications


Forest, Benjamin and Mike Medeiros (forthcoming/2020) “Contiguity, Constituencies and the Political Representation of Minorities” EPC: Politics and Space

Medeiros, Mike, Benjamin Forest, and Patrik Öhberg (2020) “The Case for Non-Binary Gender Questions in Surveys” PS: Political Science & Politics 53 (1): 128-135. DOI:

Forest, Benjamin (2019) “Reforming the US Senate: Original intent and representational inequality” Guest editorial (reviewed). Political Geography DOI:

Medeiros, Mike, Benjamin Forest, and Chris Erl (2019) “Where Women Stand: Parliamentary Candidate Selection in Canada” Politics, Groups, and Identities 7(2): 389-400. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2018.1557056

Forest, Benjamin and Juliet Johnson (2018) “Confederate Monuments and the Problem of Forgetting” cultural geographies 26(1): 127-131. DOI: 10.1177/147447401

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