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Taylor Genovese

Sch Future of Innov in Society
Grad Research Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Future of Innovation in Sciety


I am a doctoral student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. 

My research interests lie within the social imaginaries of outer space and human futures. I am interested in utilizing historical and contemporary Earthly analogs—incorporating anthropological and political theories—to investigate and speculate on how humans might socially and culturally develop after leaving the Earth's surface. Furthermore, I study the cultural intersection between science, history, and the imagination of outer space—especially within the context of extra-planetary and outer space habitation—including the role that ethnography and speculative fiction could play within these visions of the future.

I am also interested in radical-left political theory and strategies for how people—particularly the Millennial generation—are organizing for change. More specifically, I am interested in the resurgence of anarchist philosophy in light of the current global socio-political-economic crisis and how anarchic tactics can interface with an increasingly digital world.

I am part of the Editorial Collective for Space + Anthropology, an online publication that highlights the intersections between technology, culture, space, anthropology, science fiction, and art.

For the month of July 2017, I was a guest blogger on Anthrodendum / Savage Minds.


M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

B.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona

Research Interests

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

Research Group

Boyer Research Group (Future H2O project)

Interplanetary Initiative (Port of Mars: Rehearsing the Future and Microgravity Human-Machine Integration projects)


Peer-Reviewed Articles

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

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! Savage Minds / Anthrodendum. 16 & 20 July.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. Shitting in Space: Engagements with Cosmic Taboo. Savage Minds / Anthrodendum. 13 July.

Genovese, Taylor R. 2017. Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight. Savage Minds / Anthrodendum. 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.


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.