Robin Balliger is a cultural anthropologist and Chair of ‘Art, Place, and Public Studies’ and Liberal Arts. Her research interests include urban visual and spatial politics, music/sound, media, critical theory, consumption, the Caribbean and California. Balliger’s current project is on art and urban restructuring in Oakland, with forthcoming articles in Art and Gentrification in a Changing Neoliberal Landscape, and “Painting over Precarity: Community Public Art and the Optics of Dispossession, Gentrification, and Governance in West Oakland, CA,” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. For prior research in Trinidad, Balliger received Fulbright and MacArthur fellowships, and Textor Award for Outstanding Anthropological Creativity.
- PhD in Anthropology, Stanford University, 2001
- MA in Anthropology, Stanford University, 1995
- BA in Music, University of California at Berkeley, 1979
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- Forthcoming 2021, "Painting Over Precarity: Community Public Art and the Optics of Dispossession, Gentrification, and Governance in West Oakland, CA," Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.
- Forthcoming 2021, "Proximal Disruptions: Artists, Arts-Led Urban Regeneration, and Gentrification in Oakland, California," Art and Gentrification in a Changing Neoliberal Landscape, ed. Tijen Tunali, Routledge.
- “Good Cop / Bad City: Oakland Police on Screen in ‘The Force,’” Reimagine: Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Dec. 2, 2017.
- “Mediating the Local: Radio and the Neoliberal Cultural Economy of Space in Trinidad,” Media Fields Journal: Critical Explorations in Media and Space, Vol. 4 (Scale), Feb. 2012.
- "The Politics of Cultural Value and the Value of Cultural Politics: International Intellectual Property Legislation in Trinidad," Trinidad Carnival: The Cultural Politics of a Transnational Festival. Eds. Garth Green and Phil Scher. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.
- “The Sound of Resistance,” The Global Resistance Reader. Ed. Louise Amoore. London: Routledge. 2005.