Rachel Rosenbaum

PhD Candidate

About Rachel Rosenbaum

Rachel is a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology. Her research interests broadly center questions of power and violence with an emphasis on the relationship between infrastructure and inequality. For her Master's research, Rachel conducted fieldwork in Beirut, investigating how histories of violence and trauma shape current attitudes toward Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Her PhD research focuses on how regimes of infrastructural maintenance and (dis)repair uphold social norms and inequality in Beirut, Lebanon and how accrued experiences of urban violence may also create political openings for alternative networks of urban care and infrastructural redress. For her dissertation, she is conducting collaborative ethnographic research with organizations and activists promoting environmental and urban sustainability and advocating for improved urban infrastructures.

Selected Publications

Rachel Ann Rosenbaum & Joslin Faith Kehdy. 2022. "Cultivating circular economies in the gaps of governance: lessons from Lebanon’s ecosystem of CE micro projects". Local Environment, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2022.2040466

Rosenbaum, Rachel. 2021. "Caring in Crisis: Challenges and Lessons in Practicing Collaborative Research in 2020." Climas Assessment for the Southwest Blog.

Rosenbaum, Rachel. 2019. “Recycle Lebanon.” Climas Assessment for the Southwest Blog.

Rosenbaum, Rachel. 2017. "Can the Subaltern Body Speak? Deconstructing the Racial Figures and Discourses of 'Terrorism'." Arizona Anthropologist - Vol 28.

Rosenbaum, Rachel. 2017. "Make Food, Not War: The Role of Food and Intimacy in Spaces of Conflict and Tension in Lebanon – The Case of Souk el Tayeb". Perspectives: Political Analyses and Commentary- Volume 12. Middle East and North Africa.

Rosenbaum, Rachel. 2013. "Finite to Fail, Infinite to Venture: Interactivism and Relational Ethics". Honors Theses. Paper 715.

Courses Taught

Fall 2019: “Anthropology and Society” at the Arizona State Prison Complex, University of Arizona Prison Education Project


Spring 2018: “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology” at the Arizona State Prison Complex, University of Arizona Prison Education Project


Fall 2017: ANTH150A1, Race, Ethnicity, and the American Dream

Discussion Section Lead

Spring 2017: ANTH150B, Many Ways of Being Human: "Globalization"

Discussion Section Lead


Regenerate Hub, Product and Research Manager

UNDP Award for “Promotion of sustainable plastic waste management” (Ref: LBN/CO/CFP/97/20) with Recycle Lebanon ($49,740)

2020 CLIMAS Fellow

Research Interests

feminist anthropology, anthropology and activism, infrastructure studies, political ecology, gender and sexuality, urban anthropology, identities, mobilities, citizenships, youth subjectivities, "post-conflict" spaces.