Mark Benton

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Working Title
PhD Student
People Type
PhD Students
116 Middlebush Hall

MPA from St. Louis University

BA from St. Louis University, Sociology

Research Emphasis

Police Diversity Management

Public Administration Theory

Mixed-Methods Research


Mark Benton received his Master's in Public Administration from St. Louis University, where he was also a member of Americorps VISTA, before joining the Truman School. His dissertation research focuses on police-race relationships from the client perspective. In addition to his desire to improve police community relationships, he is also interested in general public administration theory and mixed methods research. He has published in the journals Public Integrity, The Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Starting Points from the University of Missouri's own Kinder Institute, among others.

Selected Publications

The glorious future never came: An interpretive narrative analysis of the 1947 St. Louis city plan.

Mark Benton

Journal of Planning Education and Research, online first, 2019


‘Saving’ the city: Harland Bartholomew and administrative evil in St. Louis.

Mark Benton

Public Integrity, 20(2), 194-206, 2018


Lessons from the madness of Diogenes and John Brown.

Mark Benton

Starting Points Journal. Retrieve from, 2018.


“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, 44(6), 1113-1130, 2018