Our crew

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Marwa Elshakry

An Associate Professor, and teaches on a broad range of subjects in the history of science, technology, and medicine and modern Arabic intellectual history. Her first book, entitled, Reading Darwin in Arabic was published in 2013 with the University of Chicago Press. She is currently working on the idea of golden ages, universal histories and the history of science and orientalism from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. She received her Ph.D. (2003) from Princeton. Marwa is co-navigator of FLOATS.

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Nikolas Kosmatopoulos

An Assistant Professor at the Departments of Political Studies and Public Administration & Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. His research interests include the expert politics of war and peace in the Middle East, and more recently the solidarity politics of the sea in the Mediterranean. He received his Ph.D. from Universität Zürich. Nikolas is co-navigator of FLOATS.

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Georgios Kallis

An ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is an environmental scientist working on ecological economics and political ecology. Before coming to Barcelona, he was a Marie Curie International Fellow at the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California at Berkeley. Giorgos holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of the Aegean in Greece, a Masters in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and a Masters in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

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Kevin St Martin

An Associate Professor at Rutgers University. He is a human geographer whose work is at the intersection of economic geography, political ecology, and critical applications of GIScience. His research concerns the development and institutionalization of economic and environmental discourse. It emerges from a strong background in both social theory and spatial analysis, and it has been clearly and consistently linked to issues of environmental policy. While at Rutgers, he has worked on several well-funded research projects that have in common the regulation and transformation of the marine environment.

Elisa Kim

An Assistant Professor of Art at Smith College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in energy and environmental policy from Boston University and a Master of architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Kim's research combines methodologies from environmental policy with architectural drawing and representation to engage a wide set of concerns about the environment, borders and boundaries. Her current oceanic mappings question the agency of the line and the illusion of the fixity of the map as an outlined artifact delineating cultural, political and social bodies from one another.

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Venetia Kantsa

An Associate Professor at the University of the Aegean. She was born in Thessaloniki in 1966. She studied philosophy at the University of Ioannina (1987), social anthropology at the University of the Aegean (1995), and holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2001). Her research interests focus on anthropology of kinship, anthropology of gender and sexuality, queer theory, anthropology of science, and Greek ethnography. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on women’s same-sex sexuality in Greece, the visibility of same-sex desires, same-sex families, motherhood and new forms of parenthood, the summer lesbian community in Eresos and the history of the lesbian movement.

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Yaser Abunnasr

An Associate Professor at the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management at the American University of Beirut. He is trained as an architect and a landscape architect and holds degrees in both fields. He received his Ph.D. in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Heather M. O'Brien

An Assistant Professor at the Fine Arts & Art History department at the American University of Beirut. She holds a BA in Music from Loyola University New Orleans and an MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her work explores how capitalist desire and militaristic legacy construct our ideas about home. In working with photographs, film, installation, performance, writing and book projects, she seeks to build encounters around issues that impact American cultural imagination, from familial archives to the illusion of accurate memory.