Cindi Katz is executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She received her degrees from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Her research addresses social reproduction and the production of space, place, and nature; the consequences of global economic restructuring for everyday life; children and the environment; and the intertwined spatialities of homeland and home-based security.
Katz has published widely on these themes as well as on social theory and the politics of knowledge in edited collections and journals such as Society and Space, Social Text, Signs, Feminist Studies, Prospects, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Social Justice, Urban Geography, Gender, Place and Culture, Public Culture, and Antipode. She is the author and editor of several books, including Growing Up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives (2004), which received the Meridian Award for outstanding scholarly work in geography from the Association of American Geographers; Full Circles: Geographies of Gender over the Life Course (1993), coedited with Janice Monk; and Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction (2004), coedited with Sallie Marston and Katharyne Mitchell. From 2004 to 2008 she was editor with Nancy K. Miller of WSQ, Women’s Studies Quarterly, which won the 2007 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ). She has served on numerous editorial boards.
The past recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Association of University Women, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers University, Katz was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2003–04. In 2011–12 she was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at University of Cambridge.
Growing up Global
In an ethnographic study of two seemingly disparate demographic groups-children growing up in a village in the northern Sudan taking part in a wide-scale, state-sponsored agricultural program and children from mostly working-class families in New York City-the author examines the impact of global development and change on these respective communities. Following a small group of children from ten years of age through to early adulthood, Katz focuses on the ways in which children in the Sudanese village prepare for an agrarian lifestyle centered around family, a way of life that is rapidly become obsolete. She next turns her attention to children in working-class families in New York, and draws some startling conclusions.
Published December 2004
University of Minnesota Press, 2004
Life's Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction
KATHARYNE MITCHELL, SALLIE A. MARSTON, AND CINDI KATZ, EDITORS
This new and innovative study of the shifting spaces and material practices of social reproduction in the global era blurs the heavily drawn boundaries between production and reproduction. The book focuses on both theoretical and practical issues; investigates changing conceptions of subjectivity, national identity, and modernity; and includes case studies of migration, education, and domesticity which show how the practices of everyday life challenge these categorical distinctions.
Published May 2004