I’m a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying environmental crisis and state power on the US Gulf coast. My dissertation research examines responses to land loss in southern Louisiana, with attention to planning, extraction, and shifting technologies of land governance.

Email: smoore [ at ]


The Graduate Center, CUNY
PhD Candidate, Anthropology, 2015 – Present
MPhil. & M.A., Anthropology, 2020
Dissertation Research: Governing Land Loss on the Louisiana Coast

McGill University
BA (Hons), First Class, 2009 – 2013
Honours Anthropology, minor in Art History. Thesis: “‘Taking Up Space’: Spaces of protest and neoliberalization in the university.”


The City College of New York, CUNY
Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow, 2020 – 2021

Hunter College, CUNY
Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2016 – 2019
Courses designed and taught: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Human Ecology


Yoder, Naomi, and Sheehan Moore. 2022. “Murky Waters: An Analysis of Hurricane Ida Pollution Reports.“ Healthy Gulf, June 13.

Moore, Sheehan. 2022. “Images of Loss: Mapping the Future Coast.” Engagement, Jan. 7.

Moore, Sheehan. 2020. “Transcontinental Dialogues: Activist Alliances with Indigenous Peoples of Canada, Mexico, and Australia, ed. by R. Aída Hernández Castillo, Suzi Hutchings and Brian Noble (review).” Anthropologica 62(1): 204-205.

Moore, Sheehan. 2018. “Indigenous and environmental water protectors fight to block Louisiana pipeline.” Waging Nonviolence, July 16.

NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective. 2016. “Standing Rock Syllabus.”

Choudhury, Suparna, and Sheehan Moore. 2016. “Locating Risk in the Adolescent Brain: Ethical Challenges in the Use of Biomarkers for Adolescent Health and Social Policy.” American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 18(12): 1199-1206.

Pavan, Josh, and Sheehan Moore. 2015. “There Is Power in a Union: Building Solidarity against the Casualization of Labour at McGill.” Convergence 6: 2-4.

Moore, Sheehan. 2013. “Taking Up Space: Anthropology and Embodied Protest.” Radical Anthropology 7: 6-16.

Conferences and Presentations

“Teaching Writing through Reading in Anthropology and the Social Sciences.” Professional development workshop presented at The City College of New York, Mar. 2021.

“Map as Threat, Planning as Promise.” Presented at the University of Pennsylvania EnviroLab conference, Philadelphia, Mar. 2021.

“Untimely Movements on the Louisiana Coast.” Presented at the American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Nov. 2019.

“Planning Time: Action and Anticipation on the Louisiana Coast.” Presented at the American Ethnological Society Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Mar. 2018.

“Precarious Work and the Memorious Commons.” Presented at the Inequality and the Commons Advanced Research Collaborative Conference, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, May 2016.

“Memory and Movement Building on the Contingent Campus.” Presented at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, McGill University, Montreal, Feb. 2016. 

“Understanding Austerity in Practice.” Panel discussant at Study in Action/Études en Action, Concordia University, Montreal, Mar. 2015.

“Protesting Publics: Neoliberal Rhetorics of Space and Hope.” Presented at the Space and Equity conference, McGill University, Montreal, Feb. 2013

Invited Presentations

“The Next Big One: The Ongoing Work of Disaster Recovery and Preparedness for Communities on the Frontlines.” Invited discussant with Naomi Yoder at the Climate Justice Series Webinar, hosted by the Disaster Justice Network and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, Sep. 2022.

“Decolonize This Museum.” Invited discussant, Decolonize This Place/Artists’ Space, New York, Oct. 2016.

Research Positions

Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Research assistant for Professor Audra Simpson, Sep. 2021 – Present

Healthy Gulf
Science Research Intern, Oct. 2020 – Present

Center for Place, Culture and Politics, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Dissertation fellow, 2021 – 2022

Anthropocene River Campus: The Human Delta, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
Campus member, 2019

Advanced Research Collaborative, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Student fellow, 2018 – 2019

Climate Action Lab, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Research fellow, 2018 – 2019

New Media Lab, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Research fellow, “Risky Images of Climate Futures,” Jan. 2018 – May 2018

Department of Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
Research assistant for Professor Suparna Choudhury, Aug. 2013 – May 2018

Department of Anthropology, McGill University
Research assistant for Professors Lisa Stevenson and Eduardo Kohn,  Apr. 2011 – Jul. 2015

Canadian Centre for Architecture
Curatorial research assistant, May 2012 – Nov. 2012


B. Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2022 – 2023

Center for Place, Culture and Politics Dissertation Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2021 – 2022

COVID-Affected Research Agenda Grant, PublicsLab, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2020

Bourse de doctorat en recherche, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, 2019 – 2020

Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Summer 2018

Anthropology Department Summer Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Summer 2018

Social Justice Project Award, New Media Lab, The Graduate Center, CUNY, June 2018

Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Summer 2016

Archie Malloch Internship Award, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, Summer 2012

Arts Research Internship Award, Faculty of Arts, McGill University, Summer 2011

A.S. Hill Entrance Scholarship, Faculty of Arts, McGill University, 2009 – 2010

Design and Editing

Editor, Sep. 2022 – Present

Barricade – A Journal of Antifascism & Translation
New York, NY
Page Designer, 2021

HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory and HAU Books
Chicago, IL
Editorial assistant – graphic and print design, Aug. 2014 – Oct. 2018

Fields/Terrains Journal of Anthropology
McGill University
Editor-in-chief, Sep. 2012 – Apr. 2013

The McGill Daily
Montreal, Quebec
Design and production editor, Sep. 2010 – Apr. 2011


CUNY Adjunct Project
New York, NY
Coordinator for labor relations, Jan. 2016 – Sept. 2019

Association of McGill University Research Employees
Montreal, Quebec
Outreach coordinator, Jan. 2015 – Jul. 2015

Association of McGill University Support Employees
Montreal, Quebec
Outreach coordinator, Nov. 2013 – Jul. 2015

Association of McGill University Support Employees
Montreal, Quebec
Chair, Board of Representatives, Mar. 2011 – Mar. 2012  

Other Experience

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program Administrator, Aug. 2021 – Present

Daily Publications Society
Montreal, Quebec
Chair, Board of Directors, Sep. 2012 – Apr. 2013

Canadian Architecture Collection
McGill University
Special projects assistant, Jun. 2010 – Sep. 2011