• Stephanie Wakefield


    Stephanie Wakefield is an urban geographer and visiting Assistant Professor in Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College at The New School. Her work explores the diverse practices and technologies of urbanism being developed today globally, both as technical phenomenon and catalysts of new kinds of life in the Anthropocene. She is currently completing a book for Open Humanities Press titled Into the Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space, and a second project titled 'Miami Forever: Urbanism in the Back Loop,' investigating experimental practices for living with water in Miami, Florida, and the emergence of a new paradigm of 'back loop urbanism.'

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Earth and Environmental Science-Geography, 2016, City University of New York Graduate Center

    Professional Affiliations:

    American Association of Geographers

    Recent Publications:

    Wakefield, S. (2018) “Inhabiting the Anthropocene Back Loop,” Resilience: International Policies, Practices, and Discourses, 6(1).

    Wakefield, S. (2017) “Dreaming the Back Loop,” Affidavit, June 6.

    Wakefield, S. (2017) "Field Notes from the Anthropocene: Living in the Back Loop." The Brooklyn Rail.

    Wakefield, S. (2017) "Urban Geographer Stephanie Wakefield on Climate Change: 'This could be our opportunity.'" Interview. Miami New Times. July 12.

    Wakefield, S. & Braun, B. (In press) “Oystertecture: infrastructure, profanation and the sacred figure of the human,” Hetherington, K. (ed.) Infrastructure, Environment, and Life in the Anthropocene. Durham, Duke University Press. 

    Braun, B. and Wakefield, S. (In press) “Destituent Power and Common Use: Reading Agamben in the Anthropocene,” Coleman, M. and Agnew, J. Geographies of Power. Georgia, University of Georgia Press. 

    Wakefield, S. (In press) “Us Without the World: Humans in the Anthropocene,” in Clark, N., Saldanha, A., and Yusoff, K. (Eds.), Capitalism and the Earth. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books.

    Wakefield, S. (2017) Commentary: The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Society & Space Open.

    Wakefield, S. & Braun, B. (2014) "Governing the resilient city," Guest Editorial, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(1), 4-11.

    Wakefield, S. (2014) “Man in the Anthropocene (as portrayed by the film Gravity),” May Revue 13.


    Agamben, G. (2014) “What is a Destituent Power? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(1) 65-74.

    Performances And Appearances:

    (2017) “Into the Back Loop City,” Measuring the Anthropocene symposium, Center for Humanities and Information, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

    (2017) "The Back Loop: Experimentation in the Anthropocene's Unsafe Operating Space," public lecture given at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Art and Research Center

    (2017) "The Anthropocene," summer research intensive held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Art and Research Center

    (2017) “Urban Experimentation is the way to inhabit the Anthropocene,” paper presented as part of "Design, Biopolitics, and Resilience in a Complex World,” organized by Kevin Grove and Sara Holiday Nelson, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

    (2016) “Urbanism in the Anthropocene,” presentation at Art, Politics and Cities in Transition Symposium, organized by Purchase College, State University of New York and CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training, and Environmental Research), Center for Architecture, New York, NY

    (2016) “Making Sense of the Anthropocene,” presentation given at University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    (2016) “Climate Change, NYC, and Community Resilience,” Earth Day presentation at Ridgewood Democratic Club, New York, NY 

    (2016) “Oysters to the Rescue? 'Living Infrastructure', Measure, and the Equivalence of Catastrophes,” paper presented as part of "Bioaccumulation: Revaluing Life in the Anthropocene Panel" organized by Elizabeth Johnson and Helen Pritchard, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA 

    (2015) “Welcome to the Anthropocene Epoch,” guest appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, June 18, New York, NY

    (2015) “Man in the Anthropocene,” "Between Earth and Globe: Curatorial Studies in an Expanded Field" seminar guest, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 

    (2015) Theory for the Anthropocene, organized by McKenzie Wark, New School University, New York, NY 

    (2014) “Notes on the Anthropocene: “What Must I Do?” at the End of the World,” presentation at Artists Space Bookshop, New York, NY 

    (2013) “Resilience, Oysters, Sandy,” presentation at Sociology Faculty Lecture Series, Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, New York 

    (2013) “A New Urgency? Urban Imaginaries in the Era of Climate Crisis,” Graduate Program in Design and Urban Ecologies, Parsons The New School for Design, New York City 

    (2013) “After Hurricane Sandy,” co-organized by Antek Walczak, Artists Space Gallery, New York, NY 

    (2013) “The Anthropocene as Liminal Paradigm of Government,” Re-evaluating the Anthropocene, Resituating "Anthropos": Theorizing the Anthropocene series organized by Elizabeth Johnson and Harlan Morehouse, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA 

    (2013) “New Normal, New Dispositif: Post-Sandy Climate Resilience in New York City,” paper, Workshop on Critical Climate Change Scholarship, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 

    Research Interests:

    The Anthropocene, resilience, urban experimentation, infrastructure, adaptation ecology, futures

    Current Courses:

    Anthropocene Futures

    Living on a Volatile Earth

    The City as Laboratory

    Independent Study

    Honors Thesis