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Radcliffe Institute Graduate Student Fellow
American Studies
The Illumined Waste: America’s Forgotten Aesthetic

Steven Brown is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at Harvard University, with interests in American literature, visual art, utopias, and environmental aesthetics.

During his fellowship year, Brown is completing his dissertation on America’s aesthetics of waste. In his project, Brown reexamines America’s past for positive relationships—factual or fictional—to waste and wastelands. His recent article “Agrivated Assault: From Guerrilla Gardening to the Age of Ecology” provides an overview of waste aesthetics and can be found in The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity, and the Garden (Artifice Books on Architecture, 2015).

Brown received his MA in literature and MFA in poetry from McNeese State University. In addition to his scholarly work, Brown writes frequently on photography and is a coeditor for Edition Galerie Vevais in Germany. 

2015–2016 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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