Taylor Genovese

Grad Research Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Future of Innovation in Sciety


I am a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University. I am also a co-founder and blogger for Footnotes, an anthropology group blog dedicated to the practice of being multimodal, anticolonial, and iconoclastic.

My dissertation work focuses on the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. I am interested in utilizing historical and contemporary Earth-based extraterrestrial analogues—incorporating anthropological and political theories—to investigate and speculate on how humans might politically, socially, and culturally adapt to climate change on an environmentally altered Earth and/or life after leaving the Earth's surface.

In addition to my dissertation research, I have been investigating contemporary radical left political theory and strategies for how individuals—particularly in the Millennial generation—are imagining the future and organizing for change in light of being named the brokest generation. My current project is an ethnographic investigation, using abolition democracy as an analytic, of Fully Automated Luxury Communism (FALC) and other techno-futurist radical left political movements.


M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

B.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona

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Research Interests

Anthropology of outer space; political theory; human futures; neoliberalism; decolonization; social imaginaries; utopia; extraterrestrial analogues; social movements; multimodality; experimental anthropologies; U.S.; former Soviet Union; Space.

Research Group

Future H2O

Interplanetary Initiative


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2018. "'Death is a Disease': Cryopreservation, Neoliberalism, and Temporal Commodification in the U.S." Technology in Society 54: 52–56. doi: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2018.03.002.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2016. “Decolonizing archival methodology: Combating hegemony and moving towards a collaborative archival environment.” AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 12 (1): 32–42. doi: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.1.3

Book Reviews

2018. Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor by Iina Kohonen. LSE Review of Books. 9 February.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. Review of “Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds” by Lisa Messeri. LSE Review of Books. 10 March.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2016. Review of “Kropotkin and the Anarchist Intellectual Tradition” by Jim MacLaughlin. LSE Review of Books. 28 September.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2016. Review of “The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe” by Kristen Ghodsee. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 24 (2): 257–258. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12244

Non-Refereed Articles

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. On Scarves, Serpents, and Solidarity. (in Anthropology Matters! in Brief) Anthropology News. 15 December. doi: 10.1111/AN.724

Genovese, Taylor R. and Martin Pfeiffer. 2017. "To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life": Build Bomb—Explore Space(s)—Save World! anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 16 & 20 July.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. Shitting in Space: Engagements with Cosmic Taboo. anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 13 July.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight. anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 2 & 6 July.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2016. “Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences: Neoliberalism, Colonialism and the Lineage of the Frontier at Spaceport America.” Space + Anthropology. 2 September.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2016. “Orbiting the Imaginary.” Peeps Magazine 1 (2): 134–139.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2016. “Honey I Shrunk The Space Settlement! Dunbar’s Number & Radical Politics in Space.” Astrosociological Insights 5 (1): 19–22.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2015. “Marking territory in the infinite: Speculating on the implications of flags in space.” Peeps Forum. 1 June.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2015. “Aliens on the Internet: Anthropology of the imagination in online speculative fiction.” Space + Anthropology. 13 April.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2015. “Room To Dream: Space & the American Southwest.” Space + Anthropology. 24 March.

Media & Films

Genovese, Taylor R. 2018. The decadence and depravity of Biosphere 2. Footnotes. 30 May.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. "The New Right Stuff" Photo essay complimenting MA thesis.

Genovese, Taylor R. (Director) 2015. “Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: A Tour of the Carbon-14 Dating Process.” In Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome: An Introduction, by David Soren and Archer Martin. Baltimore, MD: Midnight Marquee Press.

Genovese, Taylor R. (Director of Photography) 2014. “Growing Together: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm.” Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.

Genovese, Taylor R. (Director of Photography/Editor) 2013. “Pima County Public Library: Welcome to the Library.” Available in six languages: Arabic, Maay-Maay, Nepalese, Somali-Bantu, Spanish & English. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.


2017. (Chair). Realists of a Larger Reality: Anthropological Intersections with Science Fiction. 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 2 December. Washington, D.C.

2017. Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences: Neoliberalism, Colonialism and the Lineage of the Frontier at Spaceport America. 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 30 November. Washington, D.C.

2017. Cosmic Colonialism: Imperial Imaginaries at Spaceport America. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. 28 March. Santa Fe, NM.

2016.Radical Imaginaries of Outer Space: Resisting Extra-Planetary Neoliberalism and Cosmic Primitive Accumulation. 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 20 November. Minneapolis, MN.

2015. Decolonizing Archival Methodology: Combating Hegemony & Moving Towards A Collaborative Archival Environment 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 19 November. Denver, CO.

2014. Comparisons in Film Production between Commercial Endeavors and Applied Visual Ethnography Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. 18 March. Albuquerque, NM.

2013. Reaching into the Community: Using Multimedia to Break Down Barriers. Arizona Library Association Annual Conference. 22 November. Phoenix, AZ.