Wesley Attewell joins the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian/Pacific/American studies, having completed his PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Faculty of Arts and Science Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto.
His research places human geography in conversation with Asian/Pacific/American studies to explore how the everyday work of US empire-building is fundamentally grounded in the management of bodies, populations, and circulations over space, across scale, and through time. He pays specific attention to the ways in which this imperial politics of encounter has historically been supported and enabled by the diverse infrastructures for building and sustaining everyday life.
His first book project is entitled Developing Violence: Disassembling the USAID complex in Afghanistan and it is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. It explores the US empire-state’s long-standing reliance as a key laboratory for combining development and security. He is also currently at work on a second book project, entitled The Lifelines of Empire: Logistics, Infrastructure, and the Decolonizing Pacific. This project tracks the evolution of logistics as a key infrastructure of imperial rule, identifying the Vietnam War as a defining moment in this process.