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critical human geography, poststructural theory, critical epistemology, governance of neoliberal life, social in/justice, critical data studies, subjectivities, critical health studies

current research

As a critical human geographer I ask: how can critiques of our social, political, economic, and cultural environment offer insights into how to produce change? How are people governed and enrolled in a wide range of societal projects (e.g. neoliberalism, segregation,  digitization, and many more), and what are the prospects for resistance? What is the relation between subjectivity and change? Underscoring these questions is a concern for the relation between individuals and larger-scale phenomena (firms, institutions, societal projects) and an interconnected view of social, political, economic, and cultural processes.
Recently I have directed the general approach above to two quite different projects. One aims at identifying, contextualizing, and explaining a new, digital regime of accumulation that entails new modes of exploitation, notably of digital labor via various forms of crowdsourcing and firms’ covert capture of consumers’ personal data as they produce a digital footprint through their daily internet practices; my interest is in the affordances of the digital infrastructure for firms as well as for ordinary people in new modes of digital resistance. The other, situated in critical health studies, aims at identifying, contextualizing, and explaining why and how the system of care of the infirm elderly in the United States is so devastating; despite the relative dearth of analysis as well as popular press about the issues, my research shows that the problems are far from isolated, and rather, represent an important window into the production of neoliberal life more generally.

manuscripts under review

“Dispossessed prosumption”

selected publications

Forthcoming  Algorithmic affordances for productive resistance. Big Data and Society.
Forthcoming  Precarity at the nexus of governmentality and sovereignty: entangled fields of power and political subjectivity. In Precarity and the international, ed. R. Vij, Palgrave.
2017  Paradoxes, problems and potentialities of online work platforms. World Organisation, Labour and Globalisation 11: 21-38.
2017 A relational approach to an analytics of resistance: towards a humanity of care for the infirm elderly – a Foucauldian examination of possibilities. Foucault Studies 23: 109-140.
2017 Open innovation and its discontents. Geoforum 80: 61-71.
2016 The governance of crowdsourcing: rationalities of the new exploitation: Environment and Planning A 48: 2182-2180.
2015 Post/neo/liberalism in relational perspective. Political Geography 48: 37-48 (with C. Hartmann).
2014 “The openness paradigm.” New Left Review 89: 89-100.
2014. Delivering on poststructural ontologies: epistemological challenges and strategies. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 13: 589-598.
2011 Governmentality as epistemology. Annals, Association of American Geogrpahers, 101: 537-560.
2011 Interpreting racial formation and multiculturalism in a high school: towards a constructive deployment of two approaches to critical race theory. Antipode 43: 1250-1280 (with C. Riley).
 2010 Bringing the everyday in the culture/creativity discourse. Human Geography 3: 49-59.
 2009 Whose capitalism? mean discourse and/or actions of the heart. Emotion, Space and Society 2: 92-07.
 2009 Problematizing the presentation of post-structural case-study research, or working out the crisis of representation in the presentation of empirics,” Environment and Planning A 41: 1017-1019.
2009 Surmounting city silences: knowledge creation and the design of urban democracy. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33: 217-230.
 2008 Fragile empowerment: the dynamic cultural economy of British drum and bass music. Geoforum 39: 1647-1656 (with Alistair Fraser).
 2008 The predicament of firms in the new and old economies: a critical inquiry into traditional binaries in the study of the space-economy. Progress in Human Geography 32: 45-69.
2007 Precarity unbound. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 32: 319-240.
 2007 Bringing democracy home: post-Katrina New Orleans. Antipode 39: 8-16.
 2004 Towards a critical theory of untidy geographies: the spatiality of emotions in consumption and production. Feminist Economics 10: 21-54.
2004 Thinking through the spatiality of networks: a critique of the us ‘public’ war on terrorism and its geographic discourse. Antipode 36: 249-271 (with F. Bosco).
2003 Cultural economic geography and a relational and microspace approach to trusts, rationalities, networks, and change in collaborative workplaces. Journal of Economic Geography 3: 145-171.

current teaching

Geography 2400 – Economic and Social Geography
Geography 4100 – Geographic Inquiry – senior capstone
Geography 5502 – The Neoliberal City
Geography 5601 – Foucault, Power, Governance
Geography 8400 – seminar, sp ’17: ‘The Social Power of Algorithms’