Ben Teresa, assistant professor of urban planning at Virginia Commonwealth University and co‑director of the RVA Eviction Lab, studies the changing relationship between finance and cities. His research examines how the increasing role of financial institutions, actors, and logic—sometimes referred to as the “financialization” of the economy—affects urban development and governance and how communities and planners exercise control over the institutions that shape how cities change. Teresa’s research engages across multiple topics including real estate development, housing, tax incentives, artistic and cultural production, and urban education. His current research focuses on the reemergence of land contracts and the role of institutional investors in reproducing racial segregation in real estate markets. He has published this research in Environment and Planning A, Urban Geography, and Urban Affairs Review.