Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Office: Davison Hall, 137
Office Phone: 848-932-7798
My current book Seeing like a Woman: Land and Extractive Governance in Morocco foreground peasant women’s own understanding of the social and cultural transformations taking place in the context of intensified land privatization and extractivist governance. I write these stories by centering women’s daily dwelling to unpack the bureaucratic and legal regimes obstructing their access to land, the words through which they grapple with economic and social change, and the desires, hopes and pain through which they articulate the present and imagine future. This project documents these hopes and desires as an integral part of the present history of neoliberal encounters. I understand this present history as messy and traversed with antagonistic meanings of value, place, legality and gender. My ethnographic fieldwork and research help answering a set of questions: What do we learn about neoliberal encounters by listening to un-schooled, dispossessed yet resourceful rural women? What does women’s mobilization against land and resource privatization tell us about the hasty implementation of development projects, and the slow yet daily penetration of ‘rent’, and circulation of multiscalar capital? What do we learn about the state, its ‘verticality’ or ‘effects’ at this juncture of privatization and protests? What kind of legitimation and reconfiguration of political power takes place when women engage with capitalist penetration of their local community? What kind of power and authority are strengthen and disrupted? I propose an analysis of land privatization and extraction of value that takes time and temporality as a lens to analyze the governing regimes of commoditization of land, and women’s engagement/contestation of them.