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Speaker Series: Andrea Ballestero, Anthropology, Rice University

  • When: October 21, 2020, 12 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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Photo and bio courtesy of Andrea Ballestero

Andrea Ballestero is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and she is also the founder and director of the Ethnography Studio. Her background includes a law degree, training in Natural Resource Policy, and a PhD in anthropology. She has more than fifteen years of experience researching how societies define, distribute, and value water. She is interested in how technical knowledge embodies ethical and political values. Her recent book, A future History of Water (Duke, 2019), examines the daily work of implementing the human right to water in Costa Rica and in Northeast Brazil. This book is open access and available for download for free on her website. She is currently researching cultural imaginaries of the underground in Costa Rica, particularly of aquifers, to understand how the social world is expanding downwards, how people attempt to establish new forms of responsibility towards inaccessible places, and how property is changing in the 21st century. Her publications can be found at

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