Dissertation Title: Walking, Working and Tinkering: Perception and Practice in Environmentalism
Committee: Jane Bennett, William E. Connolly, Jennifer Culbert, Doug Mao, Anne Eakin Moss
Defense Date: October 11, 2013
My dissertation examines the privileged status within environmental political thought of certain concrete "practices of the self” that are held up as ways of enacting, restoring, or cultivating a better relationship to the natural world. Specifically, I read Henry David Thoreau on walking, Wendell Berry on farming, Martin Heidegger on work, and Aldo Leopold on scientific field ecology. From these traditional eco-philosophical practices I turn to “tinkering” as an alternative mode of ecological praxis, taking inspiration from some contemporary attempts to renegotiate embodied interactions with the built environment, such as parkour, urban agrarianism, and steampunking. More broadly, my research is focused on exploring the public philosophy of environmental politics, with a particular focus the intertwined histories of scientific ideas, technological innovation, political thought, and environmental consciousness. My publications include an essay on Hannah Arendt’s political thought and ecological geopolitics (forthcoming in The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations).
Dissertation Title: The Ethos of the Event: Climate Change Beyond the Anthropocene
Research Interests: Political Theory, Environmental Politics, American Politics, Political Economy