PhD, Society & Environment
PhD, Society & Environment
My research and teaching are in the field of Transnational American Studies and emphasize comparative and relational inquiry across Africana Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Environmental Humanities.
Trained as a cultural and historical geographer, I research transnational natural resource governance and the longue durée of U.S. national security. I focus on the development and transformation of U.S. liberal-democratic institutions framed by “ecological” crisis and natural resource misuse, and how such methodologies for U.S. social and political practice re-entrench historic entanglements of U.S. racial slavery, settler colonialism, and imperialism.
Through relational and genealogical critiques of transnational natural resource governance and U.S. national security, my research models the study of natural resource governance and the mapping of political struggle from above and below as an approach to a politics under which the ties between Indigenous sovereignty, Black reparations, and anti-racist and anti-imperial movements can be strengthened.
I carry out my research, writing, and teaching in both academic and think tank settings. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at Williams College and a Project Policy Analyst with the Global Justice program at the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University.
My research has been published in Comparative American Studies and Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences. As a Project Policy Analyst with the Othering & Belonging Institute, I have also co-authored substantial reports on agricultural and environmental policy, international development and globalization, the climate crisis, and forced migration.
Natural Resource Governance | Racial Capitalism | 20th Century Race, Culture, U.S. Empire
— BOOK MANUSCRIPT —
Verdant Empire: Racial Capitalism, Containment, and the Settler-Imperial Politics of U.S. Agricultural Development, invited by Duke University Press (Expected submission Fall 2022).
— REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND REVIEW ESSAYS —
“‘So God Made a Farmer’: The US Agrarian Imaginary and the Lived Assemblages of Settlement and Empire,” Comparative American Studies: An International Journal, 2019.
“Modern Liberalism and its Fictions.” Book review of Lisa Lowe’s The Intimacies of Four Continents. Qui Parle, no. 1–2 (2016): 207–20.
— MANUSCRIPTS IN SUBMISSION —
“Post-Plantation Economies of Dispossession: On Blackness and the National Economy,” American Quarterly (Under review).
— MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION —
“The Plantation at the Cusp of Empire: Debt and Diplomacy in Firestone’s Liberia."
— POLICY ANALYSES AND REPORTS —
Elsheikh, Elsadig and Hossein Ayazi. “Climate Refugees: The Climate Crisis and Rights Denied.” Berkeley: Othering & Belonging Institute, 2019.
Elsheikh, Elsadig and Hossein Ayazi. “The Era of Corporate Consolidation and the End of Competition: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont, and ChemChina-Syngenta.” Berkeley, CA: Othering & Belonging Institute, 2018.
Elsheikh, Elsadig and Hossein Ayazi. “Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration.” Berkeley, CA: Othering & Belonging Institute, 2017.
powell, john a., Elsadig Elsheikh, and Hossein Ayazi. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Corporations Before People and Democracy.” Berkeley, CA: Othering & Belonging Institute, 2016.
Ayazi, Hossein and Elsadig Elsheikh. “The U.S. Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the United States Food System.” Berkeley, CA: Othering & Belonging Institute, 2015.
Williams College, American Studies Program, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2020 - Present
Tufts University, Center for the Humanities, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018 - 2020
UC Berkeley, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Project Policy Analyst, Global Justice Program, Summer 2018 - Present
UC Berkeley, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Research Fellow, Global Justice Program, Spring 2015 - Spring 2018