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Keerthi Potluri is an Assistant Professor in environmental humanities and professional writing. She specializes in urban studies, political thought, postcolonial studies, and critical theory. Her research focuses on the construction of cities, memorials, and public space, mostly in North America, and she has published writing on urban parks and waterways. Prior to joining Delaware, she held research positions at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Alongside her academic work, she has developed communications strategies for the ACLU and the Central Park Conservancy.
Her current book project explores the parallel design of the state alongside urban public spaces through such discourses as public good, ethics, and memory and the particular mechanism of public-private nonprofit partnerships. It is based on archival research and fieldwork conducted in New York City and examines sites that include the World Trade Center memorial plaza, a Harlem bus depot, and Freshkills Park in Staten Island.
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