Marisa Solomon


Phone: 646- 312-4487
Location: VC4-254

Dr. Marisa Solomon received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from The New School for Social Research in 2018. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2012-2015) and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2016). She was also a doctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought (GIDEST) at The New School (2017). 

Marisa uses black Marxist feminist and queer theory, intersectionality, and standpoint epistemologies to ethnographically explore histories of space and place and the materiality, durability, and violence of environmental racisms in the United States. Marisa focuses on how working-class communities of color respond to their enforced proximities to trash and toxicity through politics, aesthetics, and alternative futures. 

Marisa’s dissertation research explored the race and class politics of long-distance waste management connecting Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and Norfolk, Virginia. Through this work, she traces what it means to “know” waste and its movements from the perspective of working class black communities whose systemic proximity to waste is produced through racist logics of disposability that shape community responses to, and refusals of, white supremacist definitions of “betterment”. Marisa’s second project uses archival and ethnographic methods to trace the relationships between prisons and landfills in New York as sites of racialized containment. 

Currently, Marisa is working to revise her dissertation into a book entitled Letting Trash Talk: Garbage in the Racializing Order of People. Her forthcoming article, "The Ghetto is a Gold Mine," shows how dispossessed waste labor articulates with the contours of racial capitalism by circulating the waste wrought by gentrification and community dispossession. 

Marisa teaches courses on race and racism, black feminist thought, trash and environmental racism, urban anthropology, introduction to anthropology, and experimental methods. She is excited to develop courses for the new Concentration in New York City Studies in the Baruch Sociology and Anthropology Department. 

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