Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Core: Self, Culture, Society
Chloe Ahmann is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work is based in Baltimore. Her research considers what efforts to think and enact environmental futures look like from the sedimented space of late industrialism. Ahmann earned her PhD in 2018 from George Washington University, and is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled, Enough: Reckoning Risk on Baltimore’s Toxic Periphery. In the manuscript, she explores the historical and embodied dimensions of risk from the perspective of a heavily polluted community over a 200-year period, querying how residents’ past experiences with risk informed their recent opposition to a waste-to-energy project. In her next study, Vacant: Climate Crisis and the Unpeopling of Baltimore, Ahmann will investigate how the city’s climate-adaptation planning process is resignifying vacant homes and crumbling infrastructure – long considered symbols of protracted disinvestment – as “systemic vulnerabilities.” Both projects take anticipatory interventions that are typically theorized as issues of futurity and consider their multiple temporal inflections. Both also combine ethnographic research with archival study, contributing to a research program that lies at the intersection of anthropology and urban history.
Ahmann’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has published in several journals – most recently Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Text & Talk – and regularly writes shorter essays geared toward a public audience. In addition to her research and writing, Ahmann serves on the editorial staff for Anthropological Quarterly and volunteers as a political educator with United Workers whenever her research brings her back to Baltimore. More information can be found on her personal website, www.chloeahmann.com.