Jessie Fredlund

Jessie Fredlund student photo

Research Interests

  • Water, climate change, religion, agrarian studies, gender

Subfield: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Gary Wilder

I am a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology studying the political history of rain in key water catchment in Tanzania. Lying at the intersection of environmental history, agrarian studies, the anthropology of religion, and gender studies, my work rethinks urgent issues around climate justice through a decolonial and feminist lens while placing contemporary struggles over water in historical perspective. In particular, I trace debates over religion, rainmaking, and care for the dead as spaces of ecological theorizing and praxis through which smallholding farmers have responded to conditions of economic and ecological precarity and political pressure since the nineteenth century. My research has been awarded grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright, and the Global Religion Research Initiative. I have also been selected as a Dissertation Fellow by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the Graduate Center and as a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies. I have taught courses on religion, culture, social justice, and African Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and New York University School for Professional Studies. I currently serve on the editorial collective for Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism and Translation and as a Graduate Fellow at the Futures Initiative at CUNY.