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Taylor Genovese

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 dissertation work focuses on the social imaginaries of outer space and human futures. 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 develop after leaving the Earth's surface. To do this, I am interested in looking at both intentional communities/communes as well as "exilic spaces"—or places where people voluntarily live and organize on the edges of hegemonic systems—as sites that would give insight into possible future extraterrestrial human communities.

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 organizing for change. More specifically, I am interested in the resurgence of anarchist philosophy that blossomed out of the alter-globalization movement in the 1990s, as well as the global financial collapse in 2008, and how anarchic tactics can interface with an increasingly digital world. One of the technopolitical articulations I'm examining is the Fully Automated Luxury Communism movement, which embraces increased automation and advocates for the democratization of technologies in order to usher in a post-work, equitable, "luxury for all" society.


M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

B.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona

Research Interests

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

Research Group

Future H2O

Interplanetary Initiative


Peer-Reviewed Articles

(In Press). "'Death is a Disease': Cryopreservation, Neoliberalism, and Temporal Commodification in the U.S." Technology in Society.

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. 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.