Bodies/Water Participant Bios

Nicole Starosielski is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU. Her research focuses on the global distribution of digital media, and the relationship between technology, society, and the aquatic environment. Her book, The Undersea Network, examines the cultural and environmental dimensions of transoceanic cable systems, beginning with the telegraph cables that formed the first global communications network and extending to the fiber-optic infrastructure that carries almost international Internet traffic. Starosielski has published essays on how Fiji’s video stores serve as a nexus of digital media access (Media Fields Journal), on Guam’s critical role in transpacific digital exchange (Amerasia), on the cultural imbrications of cable systems in Hawaii and California (Journal of Visual Culture), and photo essays on undersea cables (Octopus and Media-N).

Mark Giordano is Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs, the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs, and Professor of Environment and Energy in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. His classes encourage students to look differently at the world by exploring topics such as the water crisis, the global food system, and the interrelationship between science and international affairs. Mark’s research focuses on solutions to natural resource problems, particularly as related to water. In addition to teaching and research, Mark works as a Doyle Faculty Fellow to encourage the creation of inclusive course content and as a Fellow in the Global Future(s) Curriculum Studio. He is a member of the Georgetown Environment Initiative and is a proud founding member of Georgetown’s India Initiative. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2013, Mark was a Managing Director of the Sri Lanka based International Water Management Institute, winner of the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize.

John. R. McNeill is Professor in the History Department and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has held two Fulbright awards, a Guggenheim fellowship, a MacArthur grant, a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and a visiting appointment at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. His latest books are Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-century World (2000), co-winner of the World History Association book prize, the Forest History Society book prize, and runner-up for the BP Natural World book prize, listed by the London Times among the best science books ever written (despite being a history book and not a science book) and translated into 9 languages; The Human Web: A Bird’s-eye View of World History (2003), co-authored with his father William McNeill and translated into 7 languages; and Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (2010), which won the Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association, a PROSE award from the Association of American Publishers, and was listed by the Wall Street Journal among the best books in early American history.

Rina Faletti is an Environmental Humanities Scholar and Exhibition Curator in the Global Arts Studies Program at University of California, Merced. She examines ways water, landscape and built environments have historically contributed to the cultural and aesthetic values that drive urban modernization. Her current projects focus on hydraulic aesthetics in California and the American West. She has also published on watershed and hydraulic works in ancient Rome and Mesoamerica. Her work is based on a double premise: Water technology powers urban prosperity, and water imagery powers cultural ideas that identify cities as a prosperous modern water cultures, throughout history.