Benjamin M. Slightom is currently a Doctoral student at Yale University studying Sociocultural Anthropology and African American Studies. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with honors and a minor in Philosophy in 2018. His work is deeply interested in the possibilities that so-called “rust belt” cities represent and the testing ground they become for future social systems. Out of these spaces come radical approaches to social and environmental justice embodied in the everyday lives of people and the prefigurative politics that they take up.

His work has been presented at several conferences, including the 2018 & 2017 conferences of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, the 2018 & 2017 Phi Sigma Tau conferences at the University of Scranton, The 2018 Midwestern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Creighton University, and the 2018 University of North Texas Philosophy Conference. In addition, he has served as Associate Editor and Lead Designer for Stance: an International Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, and as Editor-in-Chief of Glue— an annual publication of student work released by the College of Architecture at Ball State.