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.
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; Krisis; Information, Communication, and Society; and Geoforum.
PDFs of my publications are available here. Check out my blog and twitter account for regular updates on topics like the politics of maps and boundaries, digital infrastructures, automated logistics and shipping, and disaster recovery. I am an interdisciplinary scholar who draws on research in urban studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, feminist studies of science, political economy, and critical geography.
My work received the 2016 Maastricht University dissertation prize. The prize is awarded to the best dissertation submitted during the previous two years in every discipline except medicine and 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).
In my reserach, I focus on the geographies of knowledge. That means that I look at how scientific and technical knowledge is transformed as it travels through space and time. I also study how knowledge shapes space and time in return. Overall I work for social and economic justice by coming up with new ways to think about and inhabit the world.