Brandon Honoré is a J.D./Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University in the Department of Sociology. His research addresses racial and economic injustices embedded in America’s political, legal, and economic institutions.
Honoré’s dissertation will investigate how zoning not only contributes to segregation, but also racial wealth inequality, by asymmetrically distributing risks across racial groups. He proposes that local land use rules often create inequities in institutionalized indicators of trustworthiness. Honoré proposes a novel examination of the local regulations and investment patterns in the Chicago area from 1960 to 2020. By examining a single metropolis, he will track interdependencies among communities both within the urban core and across the suburban periphery as risk and institutional credibility are (re)allocated across spaces over time.
He received his B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Before pursuing his J.D./Ph.D., Honoré was Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.