As the semester is finally over, I've graded my last paper, and am working on packing up my belongings for a cross-country move, it seems an appropriate time for a professional announcement: I've recently accepted admission to the PhD program in City and Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley. I'll be starting the program this fall and very much look forward to exploring the intellectual (and physical) landscapes at Berkeley. It is a strong place, and I anticipate an incredibly rewarding time working with my advisors Ananya Roy and Teresa Caldeira, my cohort at DCRP, and the abundance of fantastic scholars across the university.
I'll be spending the next two years taking courses and formulating my dissertation project, with an as-yet-to-be-decided topic. I plan on documenting some of that movement here alongside the usual landscape interpretation. For the past three years I’ve been thinking and writing about a host of different things (particulate matter, the anthropocene, urban land tenure, landscape politics, scale, materiality, inclusion); there is no shortage of directions. If there is any downside, Berkeley will render my nuclear infrastructure spotting cards from Smudge Studios utterly useless: