Conferences and 
Recognition

Conferences
and Recognition

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Conferences (Invited and Attended)

* = conference virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

** = accepted, but conference cancelled due to COVID-19

2022:  

  • Conference convenor and moderator of 5-paper and 1-panel sessions (moderator/discussant): “Territorializing Memory,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. 25 February – 1 March, 2022. New York, New York.

    • *Conference presentation: “Fostering Connection across Informal Cities: The Need for 21st Century Digital Urban Infrastructures.”

 

2021:  

  • *Conference Presentation: “Recombinant Zones of Exception: Racialized Labor Precarity in Former Bantustan Special Economic Zones (SEZs),” Fifth Annual 2021 International Conference on Border Studies: Everyday Borders, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Edinburg, Texas, October 27-29, 2021.

  • *Conference Presentation: “Planning, Violence, and Crisis in Sociohistorical Perspective,” The Eleventh International Conference on Food Studies, 28-30 October, 2021, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • *Conference presentation:  “Government A La Carte, ‘Fend-For-Yourself’ Federalism, or Local Control? Interrogating Special Districts in Colorado,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Meeting, 7-8 and 21-23 October 2021, Miami, Florida. ACSP Student Volunteer for the conference.

  • *Seminar workshop presentation:  “Ponte: Structural Reappropriation And Institutional Reformation In Emerging Johannesburg,” University of the Witwatersrand History Workshop Seminar Series, 18 August 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Seminar informational link here and YouTube video of presentation here

  • *Conference presentation: “Footprints About the Bantustan: Migration and Memory in Former South African Bantustans.”  Fifth Annual Memory Studies Association Conference.  July 5-9, 2021 at the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. 

  • *Conference presentation:  “Situated Tensions and Recurrent Public Memories: Violence as a Genre of Everyday Urban Life in South African Cities,” University of Wisconsin Madison Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Symposium, 15 and 16 April, 2021, Madison, WI.

  • *Conference session moderator/discussant: “Territories of Agrarian Industrial Transformation,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. 7-11 April, 2021. Seattle, WA.

    • *Conference presentation:  “Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.”    

  • *Conference presentation:  "Tracing Mikhael Subotzky on Securitization: Intersubjectivity and the Photographic Encounter,” Placing: New Engagements with the ‘Environment.’  18-20 March, 2021, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (conference link here).

  • *Conference presentation:  “Local Government Arrangements and Political Economy in Former South African Bantustans.”  Thirteenth Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Public Policy. 11 March 2021, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  

2020:  

  • *Conference presentation:  “Ponte: Structural Reappropriation and Institutional Reformation in Emerging Johannesburg.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Meeting.  5-8 November 2020.  Toronto, Canada.

  • *Conference presentation: “Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.”  Tenth International Conference on Food Studies.  17-18 October 2020.  Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY. 

  • *Conference Presentation:  “Agrarian-Industrial Transformation in Modernizing Ethiopia: The Cases of the Gibe III Dam and Nestown Initiative,”  Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). 18-20 July 2020, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • **Conference presentation: “Footprints About the Bantustan: Migration and Memory in Former South African Bantustans.”  Fourth Annual Memory Studies Association Conference.  18-21 June, 2020.  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

  • **Conference presentation: “Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.”  Thirteenth Global Studies Conference.  4-5 June, 2020.  Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. 

  • **Conference session moderator/discussant:  Territories of Agrarian Industrial Transformation,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting.  6-10 April, 2020.  Denver, CO.

    • **Conference presentation“Trading on Terroir: Fostering Artisanal Cheese and Alcohol Production through Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts.” 

  • **Conference presentation“Local Government Arrangements and Political Economy in Former South African Bantustans.”  Twelfth Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Public Policy. 11 March 2020, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ​

  • Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Program Council (academic year 2021 - 2022)

  • Whizz ICT Centre, Site C Khayelitsha, pro bono advisor and strategist (January 2021 – present)

    • Apply for grants from groups like Casidra, Vodacom, and the The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA); work with Pamela Siphika, CEO of Whizz, to partner with the Intlanganiso Secondary School helping learners without phones and computers join remote classes at Whizz through Google Classroom; expand Whizz to a second location, in the coloured/mixed-race community of Eerste River; manage active partnerships with three groups of UCT students through the Knowledge-Action Coop.  

  • American Association of Geographer (AAG), Arrangements Committee (AC) Member (Washington, DC, virtual, May 2021 – present)

    • Write multiple publications on New York City and critical geography for the 2022 annual meeting.

  • Journal Peer Reviewer (November 2020 – present)

    • Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA), November 2020; Urban Affairs Review (UAR), February 2021.  

  • Advisory Partner, Drexel University Nowark Metro Finance Lab and Oxford Urbanists (March 2021 - present)

    • Developed resources for American mayors and local stakeholders working with Bruce Katz in preparation for Biden Administration federal-to-local funding pipelines.  Projects include a commercial corridor visioning exercise, local “COVID Command Center” planning functions, and funding pathways analysis for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Action, passed in March 2021.  

  • Detroit Fellow, Humanity In Action (HIA), Detroit, MI (November 2019)

    • ​​Selected through competitive process as Humanity in Action Detroit Fellow, a financially supported 10-day immersive program focused on community-centered efforts and urban redevelopment in Detroit. Worked alongside nonprofit organization (Urban Farmers Inc) to conduct user-centric project design of a housing project that pairs senior citizen assisted living and housing with children aged out of foster youth. Conducted market research on senior apartment buildings in the Metro Detroit area (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland Counties) and created engaging profiles of potential future inhabitants of the housing project.  Developed narrative stories from seniors and youth aging out of foster care that are potential residents of the new buildings, conducting audio and video interviews with old and young prospective residents as part of a larger storytelling activity.

  • Emerging Scholar

    • The Eleventh International Conference on Food Studies, 28-30 October, 2021, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark. More information here.  A link to the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) newsletter mentioning the award here.

  • PhD Planning, Law and Property Rights Thematic Group E-Seminar

    • With the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). 15 July 2021. 

  • Sigmund G. Ginsburg Urban Fellows Founder's Award and valedictory end-of-program send-off speaker

    • Chosen by a vote of Urban Fellow peers as the fellow who best embodies the spirit and values of the NYC Urban Fellows Program. 

  • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Academic Honor Society (junior-year selection)

  • Public Service Honor Society

    • ​Junior-year selection

  • Stanford Alumni Association Award of Excellence

  • Stanford Urban Studies Program, graduation Commencement Speaker

  • National Finalist for Rhodes, Marshall, and Michel David-Weill (Sciences Po) Scholarships

Awards and Honors

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