Laura McTighe

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth Society of Fellows

Laura McTighe is a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth and the co-founder and associate director of Front Porch Research Strategy in New Orleans. Her research uses social scientific methods to understand and intervene at the intersections of religion, race, gender, and activism, with particular attention to the carceral state, disaster capitalism, and land dispossession. Ethnographically, she centers the often-hidden histories, practices, and geographies of struggle in America’s zones of abandonment, and ask how visions for living otherwise become actionable. Her current book project, Born In Flames: Southern Black Feminisms and the Horizons of an Otherwise, is a collaborative ethnography of race, religion, and the spatiality of opposition in post-Katrina New Orleans, which she has researched and written alongside the leaders of Women With A Vision (WWAV), a black feminist health collective founded in 1989. At Dartmouth, McTighe is also continuing to develop a second major project, “Moral Medicine,” a historical ethnography of the emerging women’s carceral sphere in nineteenth century Massachusetts, New York, and Indiana that connects that period’s carceral imaginaries to our current era of mass incarceration.

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Education: 
B.A. Haverford College
M.T.S. Harvard University
M.A. Columbia University
Ph.D. Columbia University