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Rosalind Fredericks

Rosalind Fredericks

Assistant Professor
B.S. Environmental Science, Brown University, 1999
M.S. Geography and Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003
Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Rosalind Fredericks’s research and teaching interests are centered on the political economy of development, global urbanism, and postcolonial identities in Africa. With a background in cultural geography, her work is focused on urban politics and social movements in contemporary Dakar, Senegal. She has conducted research on labor and youth movements, focusing on municipal garbage infrastructure and, more recently, the politics of hip hop. Fredericks’s research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Science Foundation. After completing her PhD in geography at UC Berkeley, she was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. While there, she taught with the Institute for African Studies and organized The World and Africa event series for the Committee on Global Thought. She is completing a manuscript on the cultural politics of garbage collection in Dakar entitled Trash Matters: Infrastructures and Arts of Citizenship in Dakar, Senegal . She has also edited two books with Mamadou Diouf on citizenship in African cities: Les Arts de la Citoyenneté au Sénégal: Espaces Contestés et Civilités Urbaines  (Editions Karthala, 2013) and The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). Her general interests include global urbanism, African politics, youth studies, critical development studies, critical infrastructure studies, discard studies, feminist geography, and political ecology.


Rosalind Fredericks has been named the 2015-2016 Stephen Charney Vladeck Junior Faculty Fellow in support of her work “Democratizing Infrastructure: Labor Rights and the Urban Poor in Dakar, Senegal.” Her essay “‘The Old Man is Dead:’ Hip Hop and the Arts of Citizenship of Senegalese Youth” was published in Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography in January 2014.


Contact Information

Rosalind Fredericks

Assistant Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 618
(212) 992-9820
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Office Hours
Tuesday (11-12:30 by appt)
Thursday (10-12:30 by appt)

Research and Teaching Interests

political economy of African development; African cities; youth and gender studies; cultural, political, and urban geography; political ecology; Senegal

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