Benjamin Forest

Benjamin Forest at Halifax harbour 2016

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] mcgill.ca (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
  • Political Party Transition and Campaign Financing in Canada
  • The Power of Symbolic Capital: Post-Communist Monuments Project

Some recent publications

Forest, Benjamin (2017) “Electoral geography: From mapping votes to representing power” Geography Compass e12352. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12352

Forest, Benjamin (2017) “Electoral Geographies” and “Legal Geography” in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, edited by Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A. Marston. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0861

Forest, Benjamin and Juliet Johnson (2013) “Security and Atonement: Controlling Access to the World Trade Center Memorial” cultural geographies 20(3): 405-411. DOI: 10.1177/1474474012455000