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Nataya Friedan

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Nataya Friedan

Dissertation Writer
Research Interests: 
Environmental Anthropology, Energy Humanities, Techno-politics, Infrastructure, Affect


My research is about flood infrastructure planning in Houston, Texas.  My fieldwork focuses on how stakeholders from the public and private sector explain the causation of a series of recent disastrous flooding events. It is about the stakes and symbols of differently imagined environmental futures and negotiations over the infrastructure planned in the meantime.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Political Science from Columbia University. Before coming to Stanford, I worked as a program manager at the Roosevelt Institute in New York. I also co-founded and continue to develop curriculum for Catalyst (, an organization that builds structural violence framed curriculums and advocacy networks on pressing transnational policy issues with educators and high school students from across North and South America.