I'm an ethnographer, a political ecologist, and a postdoc with the University of Southern California's Society of Fellows in the Humanities. I received my PhD from Yale's combined degree program in Environmental Studies and Anthropology in May 2018.
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. I'm in the early stages of formulating a multi-sited study of urban resilience planning, with a focus on links between cities in Australia and the western United States.
I maintain an active public anthropology practice, writing for popular forums including The Awl (RIP) and Sage Magazine. I also served as the lead researcher for dreams of the new world, an interview-based choral work by composer Ellen Reid. The piece premiered 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 sprandle at gmail dot com.