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Rosalind Fredericks

Associate Professor
rcf2@nyu.edu
(212) 992-9820
1 Wash Pl, Room 608

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 development, urbanism, and political ecology in Africa. With a PhD in geography, she has focused her research 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 the politics of urban discards as a lens into questions of urban citizenship. Her book manuscript, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Duke University Press, September 2018) chronicles Dakar's volatile municipal garbage politics in the wake of structural adjustment. A new research project, supported by the National Science Foundation, examines planning and activism surrounding informal recycling labor at the city's  dump Mbeubeuss. She has also studied the role of hip hop in Senegalese elections. Fredericks’s research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Science Foundation, and she was 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).

Awards & Honors

2020

Fredericks Book Award

Rosalind Fredericks’s book Garbage Citizenship was awarded the 2020 Toyin Falola Best Book on Africa by the Association of Global South Studies.

Books

2018

Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal

Rosalin Fredericks' Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal was published by Duke University Press.

Edited Volumes

2014

Rosalind Fredericks and Mamadou Diouf's The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities

The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging, edited by Rosalind Fredericks and Mamadou Diouf is published by Palgrave Macmillan.
 

2013

Les Arts de la Citoyenneté au Sénégal: Espaces Contestés et Civilités Urbaines

Les Arts de la Citoyenneté au Sénégal: Espaces Contestés et Civilités Urbaines, edited by Rosalind Fredericks and Mamadou Diouf, was published by Editions Karthala.

Teaching and Research Interests

discard studies, global urbanism, African politics, Senegambian studies, youth studies, critical development studies, critical infrastructure studies, feminist geography, political ecology

Recent News

AWARDS AND HONORS

Professor Rosalind Fredericks was awarded the Toyin Falola Book Award from the Association of Global South Studies at the AGSS meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2019. 

Fredericks received a Conference Grant from the NYU Center for the Humanities for the Discard Studies Conference at NYU Gallatin in April 2020.

Fredericks was awarded a 2016-2019 National Science Foundation Grant for Geography and Spatial Sciences Division for her research project Infrastructural Citizenship: Political Ecologies of Discard in Dakar. With with Robin Nagle, Fredericks was awarded a 2016-2018 Research Collaborative Seed Grant from the NYU Humanities Initiative for the Discard Studies Collaborative.

PUBLICATIONS

Rosalind Fredricks contributed “Gendered Infrastructures of Discard in Dakar, Senegal,” to Gendered Infrastructures: Dialectics of Form, Identity and Space (West Virginia University Press, Expected 2021), edited by Yaffa Truelove and Anu Sabhlok.

CONFERENCES AND TALKS

Rosalind Fredricks presented her paper “Anthropocenic Discards: Infrastructural Labors and Uncanny Exposures at Dakar’s Dump.” at the Magrann Conference at the Rutgers University Department of Geography: “Intimate Toxicities: Technoscience, Material Natures, and Environmental Justice,” in May 2021.

Fredricks presented “Architecture and Informality” with Emmanuel Admassu at the Symposium on African Urbanism held at the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities in April 2021.

As part of the Economy and Society Seminar Series at Oxford University’s School of Geography and Environment, Fredricks gave a talk entitled “Anthropocenic Discards: Infrastructural Labors and Uncanny Exposures at Dakar’s Dump” on February 23, 2021.

Fredericks served as a faculty convener alongside professor Duncan Yoon for “Postcolonial Urbanism at the Crossroads” at the Gallatin Faculty Symposium at the NYU Accra campus in March 2019.

Fredericks gave the talk, “Discarding the African Anthropocene,” at the African Studies Seminar held at Columbia University, New York, on December 5, 2019.

Fredericks presented “Anthropocenic Discards: Infrastructural Labors and Uncanny Exposures at Dakar’s Dump” for the Anthropology Department Colloquium held at the University of California, Berkeley, on October 21, 2019.

Fredericks presented “Infrastructures of Discard in the Anthropocene: Precarious Bodies, Ontological (In)Security, and the New Commons,” at the Science Technology & Society Research Seminar held at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, on April 12, 2019.

Fredericks co-organized a panel with Asher Ghertner titled, “Cities Exposed: Exposure and Contamination in Dense Urban Worlds,” for the annual Association of American Geographers Conference held in Washington DC, on April 3-7, 2019.