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Joseph Greenbaum

Personal Statement

I am a Ph.D. student in the Political Science department at UC Berkeley. I study histories of colonial violence and their legacies, with a regional focus in East Africa. I work on questions concerning rebellion, extraction, disease, conservation, borderlands, and militarized political economy where the state appears thin. My latest project traces global geographies of garbage and the labor and environmental dimensions that attend these. Much of my research relies on comparative historical and ethnographic methods with a particular emphasis on lived experiences and understandings. I hold an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from Northwestern University.