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Joshua Reno  Josh Reno

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Michigan, 2008
   Sociocultural Anthropologist
   jreno@binghamton.edu
607-777-2100
Science 1, Rm. 209, 211
Curriculum vitae

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 war. He is interested not only in environmental controversies, but also in how technological innovations complicate what it means to be human and how we do anthropology.

He has published on environmental and economic anthropology, science and technology studies, and semiotics and has conducted fieldwork in North America (2004-2007, 2014-present) and the United Kingdom (2008-2012). Most of his research has centered on discard, whether municipal, mammalian, or militaristic. 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. This was the subject of his first book, Waste Away (2016, University of California Press). 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 Europe. His latest research concerns the leftover waste of the American military industrial complex, its environmental, artistic, and economic reuse and its unforeseen impacts on social problems. He has a new manuscript based on this research in preparation.


Publications

Books

2016. Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill.  Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press

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

2017 "Scaling Up the Self, Scaling Down the World: Self-Objectification and the Politics of Carbon Offsets and Personalised Genomics." Science as Culture.
Available: from publisher — Open Access from the Binghamton Open Repository

2016 "The Life and Times of Landfills." Journal of Ecological Anthropology 18(1).
Available: Open Access from publisher

2015 "Waste and Waste Management." Annual Review of Anthropology 44: 557-572.
Available: from publisher — Open Access from the Binghamton Open Repository

2015 "Continuity and the Open Whole: a Comparison of Recent (Peircian) Ethnographies. Critique of Anthropology 32(5): 220-231.
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2014 "Toward a New Theory of Waste: from 'Matter Out of Place' to Signs of Life." Theory, Culture & Society 31(6): 3-27
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2012 "Technically Speaking: On Equipping and Evaluating 'Unnatural' Language Learners." American Anthropologist 114(3): 406-19
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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
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2011 "Motivated Markets: Instruments and Ideologies of Clean Energy in the United Kingdom." Cultural Anthropology 26(3): 391-415
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2011 "Beyond Risk: Landfill Emplacement and the Production of Environmental Evidence." American Ethnologist 38(3): 516-530
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2009 "Your Trash is Someone's Treasure: the Politics of Value at a Michigan Landfill." Journal of Material Culture 14(1): 29-46
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Last Updated: 6/30/17