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Welcome! I am a cultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College.

My research interests center around waste and toxicity, infrastructure, sovereignty, the environment, climate change, austerity, real estate and the “sharing economy”/platform capitalism.

I have long-term fieldwork experience in Israel/Palestine and have recently extended my fieldwork to Greece.

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My first book, Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019), won the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award.

You can order it from your local bookstore!

About Me

I hold a BA in anthropology and human rights from Columbia University, an Msc in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University.

I am interested in how that which is destructive–waste, climate change, occupation, austerity governance–is also world-making. I try to understand how lives, futures and socialities are remade in relation to the changing material infrastructures with which people live.

My first book, Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine, was published by Stanford University Press (2019), and I have published articles on topics including Palestinian climate change adaptation, waste infrastructures, the politics of Palestine solidarity, and the platform-mediated home-sharing. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner Gren Foundation and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

I am a member of the Discard Studies Collective (based out of New York University), I serve as an American Anthropological Association Middle East Studies Section At-Large Board Member (2019-2022) and on the Fundraising Committee for Insaniyyat: Society of Palestinian Anthropologists. I joined Bard in 2013. I grew up in New York City while spending long periods each year in Greece. I speak Greek and Arabic and have a working knowledge of French and German.


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sstamato [at] bard [dot] edu

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