Jessica DiCarlo

Postdoctoral Fellow


My dissertation drew on 17 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Laos and China, and examines the construction and planning of the Laos-China Railway and related economic zones to ground global China in ways that pay closer attention to complex host contexts. I am interested in connecting large-scale projects and processes with the environments and lives that sustain them. I situate my research in critical development studies, political ecology, political geography, and critical infrastructure studies. My regional expertise is centered in China, where I have worked in Yunnan, Liaoning, Tibetan regions, as well as Beijing and Shanghai since 2008. My interest in Chinese borderlands led to research in Nepal, India, and Laos. My past research experiences span development, disasters, agrarian change, public health, and rural livelihoods, and rely on extensive fieldwork in these regions.


Research Classification

Research Interests

Geography, anthropology
critical development studies
political ecology
Political economy

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.

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