Assistant Professor of History, Brown University
Jo Guldi is Assistant Professor in the History of Britain and its Empire at Brown University, where she teaches courses related to capitalism, empire, land use, and computation. Born in Dallas, Texas, she received her AB from Harvard University, and then studied at Trinity College, Cambridge before completing her PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley, after which she continued on to postdocs at the University of Chicago and the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her first book, Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State (Harvard University Press, 2011), tells the story of how Britain built the first nation connected by infrastructure and technology caused strangers to stop speaking on the public street. Her next monograph, The Long Land War, will tell the story of international land reform movements from the Irish land war to Movimiento sin Tierra, lingering on legal reformers and civil servants, London's dredlocked squatters and their accidental influence on World Bank Policy, and the genesis of participatory mapping from Marxist development economists in the 1970s through radical coders in contemporary Chennai. Her current project is at http://thelonglandwar.com.