Rosibel Roman

Rosibel Roman

My research interests currently focus on the historical geographies of Russia and the former Soviet Union, the shared subjectivity of nuclear landscapes, environmental history broadly defined in the context of the "Cold War" and the twentieth century emergence of the nuclear world order.

The production of social and environmental inequalities in relation to radioactive pollution in the Southern Urals region is the central focus of my research. I am concerned with the social and spatial disparities of the toxic externalities of plutonium production, along with the accidental and un-accidental processes that have produced these disparities, including the role of silenced scientific knowledge and the subjectivities of knowledge producers.

While my current research focuses on Soviet social-environmental inequalities, I have carried out GIS research on pedestrian safety and mobility problems in the car-centric urban design that prevails in South Florida, and I continue to follow these issues as a question of environmental justice and "the right to the city."

I have also begun preliminary explorations of the history of humans’ co-production of space with non-human animals, with particular interest in co-domestication. Yet another area of research which is limited to rare leisure time for now involves the richly creative relics of the early twentieth century Russian avant-garde art movement, Russian Futurism / Cubo-Futurism / Zaum, and the anthropomorphic imagination of Elena Guro.