Associate Professor of International Affairs
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Antina von Schnitzler is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Anthropology. Her research and teaching has focused on citizenship, human rights and political subjectivities, the anthropology of science and technology, liberalism and neoliberalism, colonialism and postcoloniality, energy politics, and South Africa.
Funded by a Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, she recently completed a book based on ethnographic and archival research in Johannesburg and Soweto, entitled Democracy’s Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid (Princeton University Press, 2016). The book received an honorable mention in the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Book Prize competition in 2017. She is currently working on a new book project on coal and energy politics in South Africa
She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, and is a Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Courses: Techno-Politics; Urban Africa; Cities, Infrastructure, Development (co-taught with Stephen Collier); Global Flows.
PhD 2010, Anthropology, Columbia University
BA 1999, Anthropology, University of Sussex
Meters, Measurement, Mediation in Cross, Jamie, Abram, Simone, Anusas, Mike and Schick, Lea. (2017) Our Lives with Electric Things, Cultural Anthropology Online, December 2017.
Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid (Princeton University Press, 2016) [Honorable Mention, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Book Prize, 2017]
"Preface: Public Infrastructures/Infrastructural Publics" (with Stephen J. Collier & James Christopher Mizes) Limn Issue 7, November 2016
“Ends” Infrastructure Toolbox. Fieldsights - Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online, September 24, 2015, http://culanth.org/fieldsights/713-ends
"Performing Dignity: Human Rights, Citizenship and the Techno-Politics of Law in South Africa” American Ethnologist, Vol. 41 (2), May 2014.
"Traveling Technologies: Infrastructure, Ethical Regimes and the Materiality of Politics in South Africa" Cultural Anthropology, Vol 28 (4), November 2013.
"Gauging Politics: Water, Commensuration and Citizenship in South Africa" Anthropology News, January 2010.
"Citizenship Prepaid: Water, Calculability and Techno-Politics in South Africa" Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2008.
Academia.edu Profile: https://newschool.academia.edu/AntinavonSchnitzler
Politics of Infrastructure