William Conroy

William Conroy is a first-year PhD student whose current research focuses on the history and present of wastelands in the Greater United States. He is particularly interested in the ways in which wastelands can be understood in relation to a set of closely linked theoretical concepts: value, rent, race, and the commons. His contention is that an understanding of wastelands, and their relation to these concepts, will help us gain a stronger theoretical understanding of racial capitalism and its ecology. His writing has appeared in Urban Studies, Planning Theory, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. His previous work engaged with a range of debates in urban political ecology, often integrating insights from the literature on racial capitalism and employing a speculative reading of contemporary urban movements. Specifically, his work has addressed: housing, eviction, and “anticipatory geography”; city planning and the American imperial pastoral; infrastructure, mobility, and racial liberalism; planetary urbanization and financialization; and the commons-enclosure dialectic. William has an MPhil (with Distinction) in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford, and a BA (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Northwestern University.

He can be reached at williamconroy@g.harvard.edu.

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William at London’s Hampstead Heath.