Rachel Heiman: "Retrofitting the American Dream: An Ethnography of Sustainable Suburban Design"

MAR 25, 2021 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM





March 25, 2021: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)


Rachel Heiman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School and served as Chair of the Urban Studies Program from 2016-2018. She received her B.A in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the generative relationship between habits, sentiments, and spaces of everyday life and emerging cultural, political, economic, and environmental conditions. She is the author of Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb (University of California Press, 2015) and co-editor (with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty) of The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography (School for Advanced Research Press, 2012). Her current project, for which she received funding from the NEH, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and ACLS, brings together anthropology, urbanism, and architecture to explore emerging subjectivities, modes of citizenship, and regimes of governance amid efforts to redesign suburbia for a more sustainable future. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Humanities Center, Russell Sage Foundation, and School for Advanced Research, and a Faculty Fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.