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Rosalind Fredericks

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

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Tuesday (11-12:30 by appt)
Thursday (10-12:30 by appt)

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


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

Recent News

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 in 2014 (Volume 34, Number 3: Pages 532-548). Her essay “‘The Old Man is Dead:’ Hip Hop and the Arts of Citizenship of Senegalese Youth” was published in Antipode in 2014 (Volume 46. Issue 1:Pages 130 – 148).

Professor Fredericks presented “Political Infrastructures of Trash in Dakar, Senegal” at the Infrastructures of Labor panel, Urban Democracy Lab, NYU, in December 2014; “Vital Infrastructures of Trash in Dakar, Senegal” at the Politicizing the Fabric of the City: Rethinking Material Politics in Urban Studies panel, at the Critical Geography Conference, Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 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, in Paris, France, in June 2014; “Research and Teaching UPE” at the Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop, Pretoria, South Africa, in September 2014; and “The Politics of Garbage in Senegal” at Fellows Tea, Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, in Singapore, in April 2014.


2015 Fall

Environment and Development in Africa

Trash Matters: Exploring Development, Environment, and Culture through Garbage

2014 Winter

Postcolonial Urbanisms: Development, Environment, and Social Movements in Senegal

2014 Fall

Trash Matters: Exploring Development, Environment, and Culture through Garbage

Thesis Proposal Seminar