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Rosalind Fredericks

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

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Rosalind Fredericks’ research and teaching interests are centered on development, urbanism, and political ecology in Africa. With a PhD in geography, her research is focused on urban citizenship and i­­­­nfrastructure in contemporary Dakar, Senegal, where she has conducted ethnographic research on labor and youth movements. The bulk of her research has explored municipal garbage politics as a lens into questions of urban citizenship. Her book manuscript, Garbage Citizenship: Vibrant Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Duke University Press) chronicles the politics surrounding municipal garbage labor in the wake of structural adjustment. A new research project examines planning and activism surrounding the proposed closure of the city’s dump Mbeubeuss. She also has an ongoing research project on the role of hip hop in Senegalese elections. Fredericks’ research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Science Foundation and she is currently NYU’s Stephen Charney Vladeck Junior Faculty Fellow (2015-2016). After completing her PhD in geography at the University of California, Berkeley, Fredericks 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. Fredericks has 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. Fredericks’ courses at Gallatin include: The Political Economy of Development; Environment and Development in Africa; What is Development?; Postcolonial African Cities; Cities and Citizenship; Trash Matters; and the Masters Thesis Proposal seminar.  She also regularly teaches a travel course to Senegal entitled Postcolonial Urbanisms: Development, Environment, and Social Movements in Senegal.  

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

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Professor Rosalind Fredericks presented the paper “Contesting the Dump: Material Power and Ordering Infrastructure in Dakar” as part of the Toxic States, Scales of Waste panel at the African Studies Association meeting in San Diego, California, in November 2015.

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.


2016 Summer

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

2015 Fall

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

Environment and Development in Africa

2014 Fall

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

2014 Winter

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