Professor Guarasci earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She specializes in the environment, science and technology studies, and political power in the Middle East, with an area focus in Iraq and Jordan. Her book project, Reflooded: Restoring the Marshes in Wartime Iraq, evaluates how a network of Iraqi exiles, foreign governments, private corporations, and global environmentalists capitalized on conservation science in Iraq’s southern marshes to establish political power in wartime Iraq. Her second research project is a village ethnography that investigates how environmentalism along Jordan’s Great Rift Valley is representative of a broader political transformation in the Kingdom that sharpens the ideological divide between country and city, even as it seeks to strengthen the economic links between them.
B.A., Drew University, 1996; M.A., University of Chicago, 2000; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011