Bio

I am a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at MIT, where I research the social, political, and cultural dimensions of urban climate change adaptation. Currently I am writing my first book, Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City, under advance contract with the University of Chicago Press. Retreat is based on fieldwork and interviews I conducted over four years in the New York City borough of Staten Island, where residents organized after Hurricane Sandy in favor of relocating and returning their waterfront neighborhoods to wetlands rather than rebuilding. I’ve published a related article, The Case for Retreat, inĀ Public CultureĀ and spoken about this research for The New Yorker, New Orleans Public Radio, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. Before coming to MIT, I received a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, an MSc in Culture and Society from the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and a BA in Communication and Spanish and Latin American Literature from George Washington University.

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