I'm a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology and environmental studies at Yale University. My research interests include climate change, cities, water, infrastructure, temporality, and speculative fiction. My current project uses a case study of the Los Angeles waterscape to examine how efforts to adapt the urban landscape to anticipated effects of climate change shape spatial politics. This work has been supported by grants from the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, as well as an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
I maintain an active public anthropology practice, writing for popular forums including The Awl and Sage Magazine. I'm also currently working as the lead researcher for dreams of the new world, an interview-based choral work by composer Ellen Reid. The piece will premiere at L.A.'s Disney Concert Hall in May 2018, as part of the L.A. Master Chorale's 2017-18 season. You can reach me at sayd.randle at yale.edu.