Draining the Infinite Metropolis: Engineering and the Mundanity of Disaster in Mexico City
2019 Dissertation Fellowship
Dean's research focuses on understanding the politics of engineering and the ways that engineering reshapes political and environmental possibilities. For his dissertation, he spent nearly two years in Mexico City conducting ethnographic and archival research on how engineers have attempted to manage flooding amidst unprecedented environmental change, increasingly limited budgets, and the disappearance of long-term planning. His broader research interests include the anthropology, geography, and history of technology, capitalism, cities, and the environment.