Mike Owen Benediktsson is an urban and cultural sociologist who joined the Graduate Center faculty in 2018. Benediktsson's current research focuses on the role of material objects in social life. Recent projects have covered a range of social settings and contexts, from vacant homes and divided highways in the New Jersey suburbs, to the impact of mobile phones on social interaction, to the sociology of the New York City subway system. A mixed-method researcher, Benediktsson has published articles in City & Community, Urban Geography, Sociological Forum, Social Forces, and Symbolic Interaction, among other publications. He is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates the social life of five objects found in and around New York City.