BA (English), Williams College
MPhil (Environment, Society & Development), University of Cambridge
Sayd Randle is an ethnographer and a political ecologist. Her research focuses on urban environmental transformation, water governance, and the politics of climate resilience in the American West. Her dissertation traces efforts by engineers, activists, plumbers, artists, and everyday city dwellers to remake L.A.'s contested waterscape, exacavating the meanings, values, and spatial imaginaries that guide their work. She has received research support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, and the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. In addition to her academic writing she has published in popular outlets including The Awl and Sage Magazine, and worked on an ethnography-based music commission with composer Ellen Reid.