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Joshua Reno

Associate Professor



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. More broadly, he is interested in 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.


  • PhD, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Research Interests

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