I am an assistant professor of urban sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I study the social and political impacts of scientific and technical knowledge.
In my research, I focus on the geographies of knowledge. That means that I look at how science and technology are transformed as they travel through space and time. I also study how knowledge and data can rework space and time, for example by shaping changes in urban landscapes, infrastructures, and forms of mobility.
My book Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge was published by the MIT Press in 2017. My work has appeared in journals like Public Culture, Engaging Science and Technology Studies; Aeon, e-Flux; Information, Communication, and Society; Geoforum; Krisis; and Territory VII: Alternate Earths.
PDFs of my publications are available here. Check out my blog, twitter, and instagram accounts for regular updates on topics like the politics of data, maps and boundaries, digital infrastructures, automated logistics, shipping and circulation, and disaster recovery.
My work combines science and technology studies (STS) with critical geography. I also draw on urban studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, feminist studies of science, anthropology, and political economy. Overall I work for social and economic justice by coming up with new ways to think about and inhabit the world.
In terms of grants and awards, my current project Data Streams and Cargo Flows: The Datafication of Logistics received the 2018 Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) Fellowship, which provides full research funding for two years. In addition, I was awarded the 2016 Maastricht University dissertation prize, which is given to the best dissertation submitted to the university in the past two years, in every discipline except the life sciences. In 2013, a chapter of my dissertation also won the PhD paper prize from the Middle East Section (MES) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).
I tend to get enthusiastic about things I like, including notebooks, alternative computing, puzzles, cephalopods, xenarthra, tardigrades, outer space, cooking and eating, speculative fiction, and cats.