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CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
PhD, Department of Anthropology, 2018
Coursework in Sociology PhD program, 2006–2008

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Government, Political Philosophy, May 2004
Honors: Bartels Action Research Scholar

Honors AND Awards

Marilyn J. Gittell Dissertation Fellowship (2015 Fellow), 2015–2016
Social Science Research Council (2014 IDRF Fellow), 2014–2015
Antipode Institute for the Geographies of Justice, July 2015
AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop, April 2014
DSRG Summer Pre-Dissertation Travel Award, Summer 2011
Blue Mountain Research Residency, October 2010

Academic & Professional Appointments     

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Fall 2018–Spring 2019
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Stockton University
Courses: Borders and Sanctuary / Anthropology and Colonialism / Introduction to Anthropology

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Spring 2018
School of Art, Media, and Technology, BFA
Parsons School of Design
Courses: “Revolution by the Book: Design, Politics, and Action”

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Fall 2016
M.S. Design and Urban Ecologies and M.A. Theories of Urban Practice
School of Design Strategies at Parsons, The New School
Courses: “Design and Urban Practice History Lab: The Temporal City”

Assistant Visiting Professor of Urban Theory, Fall 2014–Fall 2015
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environment Sciences (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Courses: Urban Theory Elective “City, Commons, and Social Struggles”
Urban Theory Elective: “Architecture, Development, and Difference”
Urban Design Cell: “Right to the City: Ideas, Movements, Possibilities”
(In Coordination with Studio-X Mumbai/Columbia University)

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Fall 2009–Fall 2010
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Baruch College
Courses: ANTH 1001, "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology," and ANTH 3161, "Power and Conflict"

Practicum Participant, Fall 2008        
Graduate Pedagogy Practicum, Queensborough Community College

Adjunct Lecturer, Fall 2007–Spring 2008
Sociology Department, Hunter College
Courses: SOC 309, "Social Movements and Social Change"

Thesis Committee Member/ Student Advisor, Fall 2007–Spring 2010
Gallatin School, NYU



  • 2014. “The Queer Appropriation of Failure.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 6, No. 2 (September), pp. 52–58. [Review of Bobby Benedicto. 2013. “Queer Space in the Ruins of Dictatorship Architecture.” Social Text 31(4117): 25–47.]

  • 2014. “The Tense and Tender Ties of Debt.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 6, No. 1 (April), pp. 45–51. [Review of Sohini Kar. 2013. “Recovering Debts: Microfinance Loan Officers and the Work of ‘Proxycreditors’ in India.”American Ethnologist 40: 480–493.]

  • 2013. “Nowhere at Home but the Self.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 5, No. 3 (December), pp. 52–58. [Review of Shari Daya and Nicola Wilkins. 2013. “The Body, the Shelter, and the Shebeen: An Affective Geography of Homelessness in South Africa.” Cultural Geographies 20(3): 357–378.]

  • 2013. “Rhythm and Revolution: Hip hop and the Arab Spring. ” Anthropology Now, Vol. 5, No. 2 (September), pp. 49–55. [Review of Gana, Nouri. 2013. “Rap and Revolt in the Arab World.” Social Text, 113 Vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 2012: 35–53.]

  • 2013. “The bleak metabolism of Karachi’s underbelly.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 5, No. 1 (April), pp. 122–128. [Review of Breman, Jan. “The Undercities Of Karachi.” New Left Review 76, July–August 2012, pp. 48–63.]

  • 2012. “Quebec, Occupy, and the Twilight of Electoralism.” N+1 Occupy Gazette. (September 17).

  • 2012. “We Didn’t Know It Was Impossible, So We Did It! The Quebec Student Strike Celebrates Its 100th Day.” Tidal: Occupy Theory/Occupy Strategy. (May 22nd, 2012).

  • 2012. “Living Autonomy Today,” Social Text, Under Review: Gigi Roggero, The Production of Living Knowledge: The Crisis of the University and the Transformation of Labor in Europe and North America. Temple University Press: Philadelphia, PA, 2011. Translated by Enda Brophy (May 13).

  • 2012. April 25th is 1T Day: Occupy Student Debt Campaign. Edu-Factory. (April 25).

  • 2012. “Liberating public space through feminist action.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 4, No. 3. (December), pp. 60–66. [Review of Claire Bond Potter. 2012. “Taking Back Times Square: Feminist Repertoires and the Transformation of Urban Space in Late Second Wave Feminism”. Radical History Review (113): 67–80.]

  • 2012. “Rethinking Anticolonialism Today.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 4, No. 2. (October), pp. 81–88. [Review of Gibson, Nigel C. 2012. "What Happened to the “Promised Land”? A Fanonian Perspective on Post-Apartheid South Africa." Antipode 44(1): 51–73.]

  • 2012. “Remembering anticolonialism today.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 4, No. 1 (April), pp. 62–68. [Review of Stefan Kipfer. “Decolonization in the Heart of Empire: Some Fanonian Echoes in France Today.” Antipode Vol. 43 No. 4 (2011): 1155–1180]

  • 2011. Introduction. Beyond Good and Evil Commons. Brooklyn, NY: Common Notions, pp. 1–13.

  • 2011. “Paths of the poor: ‘of’ but not ‘in’ the market in India?” Anthropology Now, Vol. 3, No. 3 (December), pp. 57–63. [Review of Bandyopadhyay, Ritajyoti. “Politics of archiving: hawkers and pavement dwellers in Calcutta,” Dialectical Anthropology (September 2010), pp. 1–22]

  • 2011. “Work and life on the edge of ‘business as usual’: Precariousness in and beyond special economic zones in India.” Anthropology Now. Vol. 3, No. 2 (September), pp. 66–72. [Review of Jamie Cross. 2010. “Neoliberalism as unexceptional: Economic zones and the everyday precariousness of working life in South India.” Critique of Anthropology 30(4) 355–373]

  • 2011. “Symbols and Experiences of Incarceration.” Anthropology Now, Vol. 3, No. 1 (April), pp. 95–101. [Review of Loyd, Jenna, Andrew Burridge, and Mathew Mitchelson. “Thinking (and Moving) Beyond Walls and Cages: Bridging Immigrant and Anti-Prison Organizing in the United States.” Social Justice 36(2): 85–103.]


  • 2013. Encyclopedia Entry "Smith, Neil" in R. Jon McGee, Richard L. Warms' Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology (coauthored with Morgan Buck, Zoltan Gluck, Steven McFarland).

  • 2012. "Contours of a Spatialized Influence: A Tribute to Neil Smith by Doctoral Students of Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

  • 2010. “Bluestockings Bookstore and New Institutions of Self-Organized Work: The Space Between Common Notions and Common Institutions.” In the Middle of a Whirlwind. Oakland, CA: AK Press, pp. 13–25.

  • 2008. “A History Made of Glass.” Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Los Angeles, CA.



  • “Scale and Social Reproduction in the New Urban Strategy”/Geography Towards Revolution: for Neil Smith, April 11, 2013; Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA

  • “The Nefarious Mobility of Those Who Will Not Be Moved: Slum Dwellers In Downtown Mumbai”/Housing, Homelessness, And Urban Capital, November 15, 2012; American Anthropological Association, San Francisco

  • “Cramped Spaces and Minor Traces in Mumbai’s Slums”/ The Productive Value Of The Trace” November 16, 2011; American Anthropological Association, Montreal, QC

  • “Beneath the University, the Commons,” April 2010, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

  • “Practice and Methods of Co-Research,” April 2010, American Association of Geographers, Washington

INVITED Lectures

  • “Urban Informality and the Right to the City,” December 6, 2014; Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture

  • Research Methodologies for Radicalized Urban Pedagogy / Assembling Urban Ecologies Seminar March 1st; Design for Urban Ecology, Parsons / The New School for Design, 2013

  • “Transatlantic Connections: Commons and Crisis,” July 15, 2012, Traficantes de Suenos, Madrid, Spain

  • “Plateaus of the Crisis,” June 18–22, 2012, And And And, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany

  • “Organizing the Commons,” June 13, 2012, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

  • “Student Debt and Commons,” June 12, 2012, University of Bologna, Italy

  • “Resisting Enclosures,” April 2010, Center for Place, Culture and Politics the Graduate Center CUNY

  • “Urban Crisis and Urban Resistance” City from Below, Spring 2009; Baltimore, MD

  • Graduate Pedagogy Practicum, 2008, Queensborough Community College.

  • Creative Time “Town Hall Meeting”, Spring 2008; New York, NY

  • Edu-Factory Presentation, Spring 2008; Online Forum (International)

  • 1968/2008 Chicago AREA: The Politics of Inheritance, The Inheritance of Politics, Spring 2008; Online Forum

Related Experience

Editor and Publisher, 2010–Present
Common Notions, Publishing/Research/Programming Platform

Member of Editorial Collective, 2010–2015
Anthropology Now (Quarterly Finding Column)

Graduate Special A Assistant, 2011–2014
Committee for the Study of Globalization and Social Change

Owner/Collective Member, 2004–2011
Bluestockings Bookstore, Activist Center and Fair Trade Café

Membership in Professional AssOCIATIONS and Societies

American Anthropological Association
The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology
The Society for Economic Anthropology
American Association of Geographers