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Joshua Reno

Professor/Graduate Director; TRIP Courtesy Title

Anthropology; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)


Reno is a socio-cultural anthropologist and his research interests mostly concern various forms of waste—municipal, mammalian, and militaristic—and their impact on lives, economies, and social movements in the U.S. He is the author of Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill (2016), Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness (2019) and, with Britt Halvorson, Imagining the Heartland: White Supremacy and the American Midwest (2022).
He has also done research and written in the fields of critical disability studies, bio-semiotics, and critical race theory. His most recent work focuses on the slippage between leisure time and unpaid labor in American life, including activities that are widely considered somehow "productive," such as going to the gym, and those that are considered "wastes of time," such as playing video games.


  • PhD, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Research Interests

  • Environment
  • science and technology studies
  • semiotics
  • material culture
  • North America
  • United Kingdom

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