I am an assistant professor of urban sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I study the geographies of knowledge. That means that I look at how scientific and technical knowledge is shaped as it travels through space and time. I also study how knowledge can change space and time, for example through urban planning and landscape management. The overall goal is to work for social justice by coming up with new ways to think about and inhabit the world.
My book Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge was published by the MIT Press in July 2017. I’ve also published articles in journals like Public Culture, Engaging Science and Technology Studies; Geoforum; Krisis; and Information, Communication, and Society. PDFs of my publications are available here.
Check out my blog for regular updates on topics like the politics of maps and boundary making, digital infrastructures and imaginations of the globe, automating logistics and shipping, and disaster recovery. My work draws on research in urban studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, political economy, and critical development studies.
Previously, I was a postdoc with Willem Schinkel’s Monitoring Modernity group at Erasmus University, where I conducted ethnographic research among financial regulators who work to prevent global financial crises. I have a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Maastricht University, with supervisors Sally Wyatt and Bas van Heur, an M.Phil. in geography from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, with advisor Marianna Pavlovskaya, and a B.A. in mathematics from Middlebury College.
My research received the 2016 Maastricht University dissertation prize. The prize is awarded to the best dissertation submitted to the university during the previous two years, selected from 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).