Previous Degrees: M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning and Policy, 2008; B.S., Davidson College, Chemistry, 2004 .
Ben Teresa’s interests broadly include community development and the role of finance in urbanization. In particular, his current research focuses on residential foreclosure in New York City and New Jersey and community-led foreclosure prevention and mortgage modification efforts. He is interested in understanding how financial institutions, actors and rationalities influence the geographic, economic and political development of cities, with the aim of informing community oriented planning and policy. While completing his master’s degree he worked for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and studied the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an economic development tool.