2019-2020: McMillan-Stewart Fellow
Brittany Meché is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. She also currently serves as the Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Environmental Studies at Williams College. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, Brittany received her B.A. from New York University, with a major in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and a double minor in Africana Studies and Politics. Brittany also holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School.
Brittany’s research interests include French and US empire, postcolonial West Africa, networks of expert knowledge, political ecology, environmental history, and narratives of disaster/catastrophe. Her teaching experience includes courses in critical development studies, postcolonial geography, African studies, and the politics of climate change. Brittany’s work has appeared in Antipode, Society and Space, and on the blog Africa is a Country. Her research has been supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and the International Studies and African Studies Centers at UC Berkeley.
During her time as a Hutchins Center Fellow, Brittany will be completing her dissertation Securing the Sahel: Nature, Catastrophe, and the Empire of Expertise. The project examines the intersections of transnational security projects and environmental politics amid the afterlives of empire in the West African Sahel.