Anthropology Faculty

Joshua Reno  Josh Reno

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Michigan, 2008
   Sociocultural Anthropologist
   jreno@binghamton.edu
   607-777-2100
   Science 1, Rm. 237
   Curriculum vitae (PDF, 143kb)

Research Interests

Josh Reno's diverse research interests share a focus on controversial modern technologies designed to solve seemingly intractable problems, from waste and climate change to disability and energy insecurity. His early research focused on a large landfill in the periphery of Detroit, which he observed as both a paid laborer and an associate of local activists, documenting the complicated ways that our collective waste becomes entangled with the fate of particular people and places. A book manuscript on this research, entitled "Waste Away," is currently under review.

In collaboration with the Waste of the World Project, he has also conducted research and published on the introduction of new technological solutions to the waste crisis and climate change in the United Kingdom. He has new research projects on American warcraft waste and international carbon offsets in preparation. He is interested not only in environmental controversies, but in how technological innovations complicate what it means to be human.


Publications

Books

2012. Economies of Recycling: the Global Transformation of Materials, Values and Social Relations. Catherine Alexander and Joshua Reno (eds). London: Zed Publications

Front Matter and Sample Chapter available: from publisher

Articles

2014 "Toward a New Theory of Waste: from 'Matter Out of Place' to Signs of Life." Theory, Culture & Society 31(6): 3-27
Available: from publisher  —  from Binghamton Anthropology Digital Repository

2012 "Technically Speaking: On Equipping and Evaluating 'Unnatural' Language Learners." American Anthropologist 114(3): 406-19
Available: from publisher  —   from Binghamton Anthropology Digital Repository

2011 "Managing the Experience of Evidence: England's Experimental Waste Technologies and their (Im)modest Witnesses." Science, Technology and Human Values 36(6): 842-863
Available: from publisher   —   from Binghamton Anthropology Digital Repository

2011 "Motivated Markets: Instruments and Ideologies of Clean Energy in the United Kingdom." Cultural Anthropology 26(3): 391-415
Available: from publisher   —   from Binghamton Anthropology Digital Repository

2011 "Beyond Risk: Landfill Emplacement and the Production of Environmental Evidence." American Ethnologist 38(3): 516-530
Available: from publisher   —   from Binghamton Anthropology Digital Repository

2009 "Your Trash is Someone's Treasure: the Politics of Value at a Michigan Landfill." Journal of Material Culture 14(1): 29-46
Available: from publisher   —   from Binghamton Anthropology Digital Repository

Last Updated: 6/23/15