Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology, York University
Research keywords: Political ecology; science studies; expertise in postcolonial and neocolonial contexts; Mauritius
Jessica Caporusso is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at York University. Her research considers the intersection of political ecology, science studies, and the place of expertise in postcolonial and neocolonial contexts. Broadly speaking, her dissertation examines the impact of colonial science and imperialism on the cultivation of western and non-western subjects. In particular, her work explores the design and implementation of sustainable development projects in Mauritius, an island-nation in the Indian Ocean, and the influence of colonial-era green imperialism on which these current projects are imbricated. As such, this research is informed by past and contemporary transnational encounters that configure connections between environment, expertise and knowledge exchange.