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Samantha MacBride

Nicole P. MarwellSamantha MacBride is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and teaches courses on urban infrastructure and environmental issues. She has been quoted in media regarding environmental policy and politics and is available to comment on:

  • ​The history of U.S. recycling, re-use, composting policy and politics
  • 19th and 20th century history of waste management in New York City
  • The place of meaning, ideology, and corporate strategy in recycling discourse
  • European waste policy and its comparison with North American waste policy
  • Waste characterization history and methodology
  • Industrial and municipal solid waste measurement
  • Coal combustion waste (also known as coal ash) debates & issues
  • Custodial labor as an emerging field in green buildings.

Professor MacBride is currently Director of Research and Operations at the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, New York City Department of Sanitation. Her 2011 book, Recycling Reconsidered: the Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States (MIT Press) is a critical but supportive examination of the history of the U.S. recycling movement and its relation to manufacturing interests over the 20th century. She has taught previously at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, New York University's Metropolitan Studies Program, and Brooklyn College's Department of Sociology.

She holds an MPA in Environmental Policy and Planning and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

Also Fluent in Italian.


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