Mark Benton

Mark Benton
Working Title
PhD Student
People Type
PhD Students
116 Middlebush Hall

MPA from St. Louis University

Research Emphasis

City planning

Public ethics

Analysis of political narratives


Prior to attending the Truman School, Mark Benton received his Master’s in Public Administration as a graduate assistant at St. Louis University, where he had received his BA in Sociology. He was also a member of Americorps VISTA at the Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club in St. Louis. Mark has published in the Journal of Urban History and the journal, Public Affairs. Currently, he has a co-authored chapter under review in Springer’s Public Administration and Information Technology series about e-participation in smart cities. He has been a featured contributor to St. Louis Strong, a non-profit advocacy group working for regional unity in St. Louis.

Selected Publications

Towards a working model of e-Participation in Smart Cities: What the Research Suggests 
Mark Benton, M.P.A.
Chapter under review for E-Participation in smart cities: Technologies and models of governance for citizen engagement

Decline and disorganization: An interpretive narrative analysis of the 1947 St. Louis city plan 
Mark Benton, M.P.A.
Article under review for Journal of Planning Education and Research

Socrates gone mad: Representation, legitimacy, betrayal, and exile 
Mark Benton, M.P.A.
Article under review for Political Theory

“Just the Way Things Are Around Here”. Racial Segregation, Critical Junctures, and Path Dependence in Saint Louis 
Mark Benton, M.P.A.
Journal of Urban History