Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Antina von Schnitzler

    Associate Professor of International Affairs

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    Antina von Schnitzler is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Anthropology. Before joining the New School she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Reed College. Her research and teaching has focused on citizenship and political subjectivities, the anthropology of infrastructure 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, forthcoming 2016). She is currently working on a new research 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

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2010, Anthropology, Columbia University

    BA 1999, Anthropology, University of Sussex

    Recent Publications:

    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,

    "Performing Dignity: Human Rights, Citizenship and the Techno-Politics of Law in South AfricaAmerican 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. Profile:

    Current Courses:

    Global Flows

    Politics of Infrastructure

    Thesis Supervision (Open Campus)

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Internship (Open Campus)