Welcome to the official website for Samuel Bassett. Feel free to peruse the links to the right, or advance directly to my blog below. This outlet serves as a commentary on various topics. Headhunters may wish to advance directly to my Vitae.


Formally trained as a political scientist, I am a young scholar with an eclectic background featuring politics, history, economics, geography, and sociology.  My current research focuses on urban revitalization in the global era.  As a teacher, I maintain a diverse set of lesson plans.


My political philosophy is built out of pragmatism.  I keep neither permanent allies no permanent enemies, and I fight passionately for consensus. I have worked on political campaigns since 1996.  I work for whom I believe is best for the position, instead of working blindly on behalf of ideology.


Via blogging (on this site and others), attempts at comedy, photography, cooking or live performance, I keep multiple irons in the creative fire.

  • Research, Urban Analysis

    Blowing Bubbles: New Orleans

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    My research tends to have two prominent thrusts: understanding the politics of postindustrial cities and deconstructing urban revitalization.  The first cut at the postindustrial city model is available in this post, or for the conference paper at this link.  I have nicknamed the urban revitalization analysis “Blowing Bubbles” after a paper thrown together after a Eureka… Read more »

  • Politics

    Election Cycle Predictions: 2014 Edition

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    Eleven months out from election day, here are a few predictions about the 2014 political cycle. Forecasts have become a bit of a tradition.   Although I am no presidential whisperer like Nate Silver, my legislative record is surprisingly decent. Senate accuracy: 88.5% on average 89.2% accuracy; 33/37 of the Senate in 2010 87.8% accuracy;… Read more »

  • Academic, Research

    Contemporary Urban Leadership, SPSA

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    On January 10, 2014, I will present my first stab at urban political theory.  In short, I argue that a network of experts plays a critical role in setting the local agenda.  Cities have become increasingly reliant on experts outside of the community, to the extent that these folks enjoy disproportionate power over what gets built… Read more »

  • Teaching

    Presenting the Good and the Not-So Good

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    When a colleague asked me to discuss my Chicago Public Schools experience with her undergraduate class, I received a valuable opportunity to reevaluate my understanding of public education.  I have encountered two very different versions of CPS, the good and the not-so-good.  As I planned to present, I attempted to reconcile the good and the miserable… Read more »

  • Academic

    A Short Thought on Syria and the Arrow Theorem

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    After a few weeks of grappling with the American public’s response to the Syrian crisis, it dawned on me that much of the confusion stems from the Arrow problem. Arrow’s argument suggests that not every issue falls into a simple continuum.  Assume three voters: voter one prefers outcome A over B, and outcome B over… Read more »