Emily Brownell

Postdoctoral Fellow (Feb 2017-Jul 2017)

Emily Brownell received her PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, where she teaches a variety of courses on topics in African history. Emily's work focuses on urban, environmental, and transnational themes. Her previous publications have focused on waste, sanitation, and waste trading while her current project considers the environment and planning of 1970s Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Physical Transformation of Dar es Salaam and Emerging Discourses of Urban Development and Environments


Colonial and Postcolonial Planning and Counter-Planning


Selected Publications

Brownell, Emily (2020). Gone to Ground: A History of Environment and Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam. Intersections: Histories of Environment, Science, and Technology in the Anthropocene. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

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Brownell, Emily (2020). “Better Shelter.” In Boxes: A Field Guide, ed. S. Bauer, M. Schlünder, and M. Rentetzi, 73–92. Manchester: Mattering Press.

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Brownell, Emily (2016). “Growing hungry : the politics of food distribution and the shifting boundaries between urban and rural in Dar es Salaam.” Global Environment 9 (1): 58–81.

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Bricks and Mortar: The Materials of Nation-building in 1970s Tanzania