Dr Centner is an urban and development scholar. Before joining LSE he was Assistant Professor at Tufts University, near Boston, 2008-2013, where he lectured and advised in Sociology, International Relations, Urban & Environmental Planning, and Latin American Studies.
Dr Centner is currently completing a book manuscript about neighbourhood redevelopment amidst IMF-inspired reforms in Buenos Aires, where he completed more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork. He has authored several articles and is engaged in ongoing projects that investigate urban social change, transformation of the built environment, and their connections to larger political struggles – from Latin America (especially Argentina and Brazil) to the Middle East and Southern Europe (especially Turkey).
Dr Centner is active in the American Sociological Association and numerous scholarly groups related to global urban studies. He was one of the co-founders of the Transnational Studies Working Group at Tufts University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Berkeley in 2008.