My research interests sit at the intersection of urban geography, postcolonial theory, critical development studies, and psychoanalytic theory. In relation to waste, the production of sanitized space, hygienic subjects, and difference enforced through cleanliness/filth, my work seeks to understand the intimate relationship between waste management, culture, power and politics. While this relationship is often foreclosed in technomanagerial rhetoric, the current conjuncture offers multiple ruptures in idealized management regimes in which we can theorize the place of garbage in social theory and everyday life.
I am exploring these interests in the work coming out of my Masters on Cairo, a collaborative project on hoarding, and in my research assistantship. My Master's thesis engages the people, practices, discourses, and objects enrolled in the managing of waste in Cairo after the January 25th revolution and during Morsi's year in office. In a joint project with Dr. Sarah Moore and Jessica De La Ossa, we use popular representations of hoarding to ask the question: why are certain consumption and accumulating practices pathologized and broadcast as spectacles while others are envied, celebrated and aspired to? By following the "fixing" (what we call a dual fix, both therapeutic and spatial) of compulsive hoarders we argue the differentiating factor between hoarders and "healthy" subjects must be understood in psycho-spatial terms. Lastly, as a research assistant for Dr. Sarah Moore, I am contributing to a project studying the spatial trends and effects of NAFTA on the hazardous waste trade between Mexico, the US, and Canada.
Here are some of my writings: