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Current Programming

October 18, 2021: Book Manuscript Workshop for Dr. Monica Barra (Anthropology, University of South Carolina). This workshop will feature Dr. Barra's work Good Sediment: Race, geology and the politics of land loss which is an ethnography that considers the complicated ways scientists and residents conceptualize Louisiana's "losing a football field per hour" land loss crisis in the context of historic and contemporary race relations in southeast Louisiana. Dr. Jessica Cattelino (Anthropology, University of California - Los Angeles) and Dr. Amelia Moore (Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island) will be presenting as expert reviewers.

Monica Barra is an Assistant Professor of Race and Environment in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and Department of Anthropology and faculty affiliate of the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on the ways in which racial inequalities and geographies are forged through scientific practices, racial histories, and transformations of natural and built environments. Her current book project, Good Sediment examines these topics through an ethnography of coastal wetland loss in southeast Louisiana that considers the complicated ways scientists and residents conceptualize coastal environments, the political stakes of science, and the promise of restoration in the context of historic and contemporary race relations along the Louisiana coast. This work is theoretically situated within scholarship on histories of racial formations in the U.S., the political ecologies of the plantation, critical science studies, black geographies, and environmental anthropology.

Jessica Cattelino is a Professor of Anthropology at UCLA.  Dr. Cattelino’s work is influenced by scholarship in American Indian Studies and Gender Studies, and holds faculty affiliations in both programs at UCLA.  Dr. Cattelino’s research focuses on economy, nature, indigeneity, and settler colonialism. High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2008; winner of the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of North America), examines the cultural, political, and economic stakes of tribal casinos for Florida Seminoles. Currently, Dr. Cattelino is writing an ethnography about the cultural value of water in the Florida Everglades, with focus on the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation and the nearby agricultural town of Clewiston. This project tells the human story of Everglades restoration and theorizes the co-production of nature and indigeneity in settler societies like the United States. Additionally, Dr. Cattelino leads a research team at the Center for the Study of Women that is completing an ethnographic study of gender and everyday household water use in Los Angeles. The study is funded by the UCLA Grand Challenge on Sustainable Los Angeles. Dr. Cattelino writes about indigeneity and money, the anthropology of the United States, and indigenous sovereignty, and is collaborating with photographer Adam Nadel on a museum exhibition about the inextricability of people and nature in the Everglades.

Amelia Moore is an Associate Professor of Marine Affairs in the College of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.  She earned her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley and her B.A. in Environmental Biology from Columbia University.  She approaches her research areas through the adaptive lens of feminist studies of science and black ecologies, building bridges between critical theories of social difference, anthropology, post- and de-colonial studies, political ecology, and the socioecological sciences. Amelia is currently involved in projects in the coastal state of Rhode Island (USA), Indonesia, and The Bahamas, her long-term research home.

November 15, 2021: Book Manuscript Workshop for Dr. Rosalind Donald (Rosenstiel School of Climate Risks & Preparedness, University of Miami). This workshop will feature Dr. Donald’s work Greenlining: Environmental policies, segregation, and displacement in Miami from the New Deal to the Climate Crisis. Greenlining investigates the relationship between environmental policies and displacement in Miami-Dade, an area that is increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the second-most unequal in the United States, with a severe shortage of affordable housing and further shows the importance of including environmental policies in studies of inequality. Dr. Andrew Ross (Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University) and Dr. Julie Sze (American Studies, UC- Davis) will be presenting as expert reviewers.

Rosalind Donald is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Marine Ecosystem and Society Department at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Donald researches the communication of climate change, using archival research and interviews to understand how climate knowledge becomes part of everyday life – and explore how these insights can inform more equitable climate conversations and responses.

Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. A contributor to the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Nation, he is the author of many books, including The Celebration Chronicles, Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City, and Nice Work If You Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times. His main areas of research interest are labor and work; urban and suburban studies; intellectual history; social and political theory; ecology and technology; and cultural studies.

Julie Sze is a Professor of American Studies at the University of California – Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment, and in that capacity is the Faculty Advisor for 25 Stories from the Central Valley. She received her doctorate from New York University in American Studies. Sze's research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism and has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Studies Association and the UC Humanities Research Institute. Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies. Her second book is called Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015). She has authored and co-authored 39 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics and has given talks in China, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Sze has been interviewed widely in print and on the radio.


Spring 2022: UofSC + Columbia Initiative Conference 

Spring 2022: Climate Ready Columbia!

Spring 2022: Book manuscript workshop for Elizabeth Rodwell’s project Push the Button 

Fall 2022: Book manuscript workshop for Rachel Ankeny’s project In Defense of Medical Cases 


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