Urban Studies Program
Wesley Attewell, PhD (British Columbia) is a Visiting Scholar in the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Geography, all from the University of British Columbia. He works at the intersection of human geography, Asian diaspora studies, and urban studies to map the transnational landscapes of US empire-building from the Cold War into the present. His research focuses on the two moments of militarized empire-building that have come to define the so-called long American century. His first book, Developing Violence, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, and it explores how the US has waged counterinsurgency through development in Afghanistan. Since 2017, he has also been researching the transpacific logistics infrastructures and the military-metropolitan complexes that the US assembled to supply its war in Vietnam. What links these two projects is a concern to better understand how the US military-industrial-development complex has historically built various urban spaces and landscapes – including logistics cities, model villages, camptowns, and little Americas – as a way of expressing and reproducing its power across the decolonizing world.