Benjamin FOREST

McGill University

Benjamin Forest

Benjamin Forest is an Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University, an Associate Member of the Department of Political Science, and a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 1997, and before coming to McGill, he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire from 1998 to 2006. His current examines the political representation of ethnic minority groups and women, the use of monuments and memorials for (re)constructing post-Soviet national identities, and various issues of electoral geography, political parties, and governance. His grants include support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

Email: benjamin.forest [at]

Recent publications

Forest, Benjamin and Mike Medeiros (forthcoming) “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 and Sarah Moser (2020) “Building Nations/Building States/Building Cities: Concrete Symbols of Identity” in The Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics, edited by N. Koch, S. Moisio, A. Jonas, C. Lizotte, and J. Luukkonen. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar: 145-157.

Forest, Benjamin (2020) “Political Representation”, in the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography 2nd edition, edited by Audrey Kobayashi. Elsevier.

Medeiros, Mike, Benjamin Forest, Paru Shah, and Erik Juenke (2019) “Still Not There: Continued Challenges to Women’s Political Representation.” Introduction to a Dialogues in Politics, Groups, and Identities 7:2, 386-388. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2019.1584755

Forest, Benjamin (2019) “Reforming the US Senate: Original intent and representational inequality” Guest editorial (reviewed). Political Geography 74: 102011. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.04.003Pre-reviewed version (pdf).

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: 10.1177/1474474018796653

Benjamin Forest, “Electoral Geography: From Mapping Votes to Representing Power,” Geography Compass e12352 (2017). DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12352

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

Mike Medeiros and Benjamin Forest, “Non-Contiguous Ridings: A Proposal for Enhancing Aboriginal Parliamentary Representation,” Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion 34 (2014): 118-125.

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

Benjamin Forest, “Redistricting and the Elusive Ideals of Representation,” Political Geography 32:1 (2013): 15-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.10.003

Benjamin Forest, “La géographie de l’élection 2012 au Québec” in Frédérick Bastien, Éric Belanger, and Gélineau François, eds, Les Québécois aux urnes: les partis, les médias et les citoyens en campagne (Presses de l’Université de Montréal 2013): 247-266.

Benjamin Forest and Patriza Barbone, “Les immigrants adhèrent aux «valeurs québécoises»,” La Presse, Montreal, September 27, 2013.

Benjamin Forest, “Electoral Redistricting and Minority Political Representation in Canada and the United States,” The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 56:3 (2012): 318-338. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-0064.2012.00437.x
Reprinted as “Representation of Minority Communities in the Canadian and American Political Systems,” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 8:2 (2014): 453-488.

Benjamin Forest and Patrick Forest, “Engineering the North American Waterscape: The High Modernist Mapping of Continental Water Transfer Projects,” Political Geography 31:3 (2012): 167-183. DOI:10.1016/j.polgeo.2011.11.005

Benjamin Forest and Mike Medeiros, “It’s Time for Effective Representation for National Minorities,” Montreal Gazette, Montreal, April 27, 2012.