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Andrea Ballestero (US)

Anthropologist

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Andrea Ballestero is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University (USA) and Director of the Ethnography Studio. Since 2002, she has conducted research in Costa Rica, Brazil, and elsewhere studying how water is defined, distributed, and valued.

She is currently writing a book that explores cultural imaginaries of the underground in Costa Rica, focusing on how the emergence of aquifers into the public sphere is expanding the social world downwards into subterranean space. Her previous book A Future History of Water (Duke University Press, 2019) examines the means by which the human right to water is materialized and proposes the notion of a techno-legal device as a site for future-making.

She is the co-editor of Experimenting with Ethnography: A Companion to Analysis (Duke University Press 2021). Recent articles include “The Anthropology of Water”(Annual Review of Anthropology 2019), “Touching with Light” (Science, Technology and Human Values, 2019), and “Learning to Listen to the Underground”, a co-written experimental audiovisual article that is forthcoming in the journal Sensate.

Andrea Ballestero. Photo: Robert Werth

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