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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 own work is focused on urban politics and social movements in contemporary Dakar, Senegal. Specifically, 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 Ph.D. in geography at U.C. Berkeley, she was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. At Columbia, she taught with the Institute for African Studies and organized The World and Africa event series for the Committee on Global Thought. Currently, 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 completed two edited books with Mamadou Diouf on citizenship in African cities. The first, a French volume on Senegalese cities, Les Arts de la Citoyenneté au Sénégal: Espaces Contestés et Civilités Urbaines , was published in July 2013 with Editions Karthala. The second, on cities across the continent, The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging,  will be published in December 2014 by Palgrave MacMillan as part of the African Connects series. Her general interests include global urbanism, African politics, youth studies, critical development studies, critical infrastructure studies, discard studies, feminist geography, and political ecology. Her publications are listed on her page at Academia.edu*.


Professor Fredericks, along with with Mamadou Diouf, edited The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). Her article “Vital Infrastructures of Trash in Dakar,” was featured in a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Professor Fredericks presented: “Political Infrastructures of Trash in Dakar, Senegal” at the Infrastructures of Labor panel, Urban Democracy Lab, NYU, December 2014; “Vital Infrastructures of Trash in Dakar, Senegal” at the Politicizing the fabric of the city: rethinking material politics in urban studies panel, Critical Geography Conference, Temple University, November 2014; “Waste Matters: The Politics of Trash Labor Infrastructures in Dakar, Senegal.” at the Global Garbage Conference, SENAR, University of London Institute in Paris, June 2014; “Research and Teaching UPE” (via Skype) at the Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop, Pretoria, South Africa. 22-26 Sept 2014; and “The Politics of Garbage in Senegal” at Fellows Tea, Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, Singapore, April 20, 2014.

Professor Rosalind Fredericks’s essay “‘The Old Man is Dead:’ Hip Hop and the Arts of Citizenship of Senegalese Youth” was published in Antipode in January 2014.  


Contact Information

Rosalind Fredericks

Assistant Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 618
(212) 992-9820
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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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