Jacob Doherty

Wolf Humanities Center Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Stanford University, PhD in Anthropology

Jacob Doherty is an anthropologist studying urban infrastructures and environments. His work focuses on the production of disposability as a social and material condition, and the ways lives cast as disposable are, nonetheless, lived. At the Wolf Humanities Center, he will be preparing an ethnographic monograph describing the diverse worlds of waste in Kampala, Uganda and theorizing the everyday entanglements of morality and materiality, respectability and disposability, progress and pollution. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation as well as a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center. Prior to his fellowship at Penn he taught anthropology at Wesleyan University.