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New York University
Ph.D., Media, Culture, and Communication, December 2012
Dissertation Title: Redefining Pollution: Plastics in the Wild (Open Access)
Redefining pollution: Plastics in the Wild

State University of New York at Stony Brook
M.F.A., Studio Art, 2006
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies, 2006
Thesis: Dioramas and Hybridity: Stories and Concepts of Nature

Mount Allison University
B.F.A. with Distinction, 2002
Minor in Biology

Assistant Professor, July 2014-present
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Sociology & Program in Environmental Sciences

Chair in Teaching and Learning, 2015-present
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Arts

Founder and Director, 2014-present
Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR)

Co-Principal Investigator & Co-Founder, December 2012-2014
Superstorm Research Lab

Postdoctoral Fellow, September 2013 – July 2014
Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Fellow, January 2013 – August 2013
Intel Center for Science and Technology in Social Computing (ICST-S), New York University

Refereed Journal Publications
Pine, K. H., & Liboiron, M. (2015). “The Politics of Measurement and Action.” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM: 3147-3156.

Morello-Frosch, R., Julia Varshavsky, Max Liboiron, Phil Brown, Julia G. Brody. (2015). “Communicating Results in Post-Belmont Era Biomonitoring Studies: Lessons from Genetics and Neuroimaging Research,” Environmental Research, 136: 363-372.

Cohen, D. and Liboiron, M. (2014). “New York’s Two Sandys,” Metropolitics. Online. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. and Wachsmuth, D. (2013). “The Fantasy of Disaster Response: Governance and Social Action During Hurricane Sandy,” Social Text Periscope. Online. (Open Access)

Liboiron, M. (2013). “Modern Waste as Strategy,” Lo Squaderno: Explorations in Space and Society, 29: 9-12. (Open access)

Liboiron, M., (2012). “Tactics of Waste, Dirt and Discard in the Occupy Movement,” Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11(3-4): 393-401.

Liboiron, M., (2010). “Recycling as a Crisis of Meaning,” Etopia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 4: 1-9.

Edited Collections
Liboiron, M. (June 2015). “Disaster Data, Data Activism: Grassroots Responses to Representations of Superstorm Sandy,” Extreme Weather and Global Media. Eds. Diane Negra and Julia Leyda. Routledge.

Liboiron, M. (2013). “Plasticizers: A Twenty-first Century Miasma,” Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastics, Eds. Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael. Routledge: 22-44.


Invited & Non-Refereed Publications
Liboiron, M. (2015). “Davis, ‘Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology,’” Roundtable Review, Hnet 5(8).

Liboiron, M. (2015). “An Ethics of Surplus and the Right to Waste,” Society & Space Open Forum, special forum on discards, diverse economies, and degrowth.

Lepawsky, J., and Liboiron, M. (2015). “Why Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth?,” Society & Space Open Forum, special forum on discards, diverse economies, and degrowth.

Liboiron, M. (2014). “Mapping Waste When Waste is Invisible,” Grassroots Mapping Forum: The Public Lab Community Journal of Environmental Research, 6: 2. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2014). “The Plastisphere,” The Petroleum Magna. Eds. Marina Zurkow and Valerie Vogrin. Peanut Books: 24. (Open access)

Liboiron. M., (2013). “A Review of The City Recycled: The Afterlives of Demolished Buildings in Post-war Beijing by Shih-yang Kao,” Dissertation Reviews, 4. (Open access)

Liboiron, M., Marisa Solomon and Vincent Lai. (2013). “The Object Ethnography Project,” Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Spring: 75-84. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2012). “Occasional Paper No.2: A Citizen’s Guide to Plastic Pollution,” Material World Occasional Paper Series, ISSN 2158-5660. (Open access)

Policy White Papers
Superstorm Research Lab. (2013). A Tale of Two Sandys. Policy white paper. (Open access)

Encyclopedia Entries
Liboiron, M., (2012). “Recycling,” in Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, ed. Carl Zimring and William Rathje. SAGE Publishing: 735-738.

Liboiron, M., (2012). “Recycling Labels,” in Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, ed. Carl Zimring and William Rathje. SAGE Publishing: 729-730.

Liboiron, M., (2012). “History of Consumption and Waste in the US: 1800-1850,” in Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, ed. Carl Zimring and William Rathje. SAGE Publishing: 356-358.

Writing for Public Audiences
Discard Studies. 2011-present. Main author.

The Plastic Free Times. 2011-2012. Author, Science and Environmental Health section.

Dominion Paper, Canadian Media Co-op. 2003-2008. Contributing Editor, Arts and Culture Section.

Liboiron, M. and Seaward, D. (2011). Operational Analysis: Green Grants Program, Sustainability Task Force, New York University.

Liboiron, M. (2010). H204U: A Qualitative Study of the Culture of Drinking Water Consumption at New York University. Sustainability Task Force, New York University; this report was foundational to the bottled water ban at the University of Michigan in 2011.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Intel Science and Technology Center on Social Computing (ISTC-Social), New York University, 2012: to develop theories of scale in relation to media.

Allington Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, 2013: two-month residency fellowship to research concepts of pollution in oil and plastics industries and emerging environmental government policies in the early to mid-nineteenth century.

Neil Postman Doctoral Fellowship, New York University, 2012: dissertation completion scholarship.

International Fellow, American Association of University Women (AAUW), 2011-2012: to conduct research that benefits women and girls worldwide.

Graduate Student Research Fellow, Humanities Initiative, New York University, 2011-2012: a dissertation completion grant for interdisciplinary scholars in the humanities.

Global Research Fellow, Provost’s Global Research Initiative, New York University in London, 2011-2012: to write and research at one of NYU’s global sites.

Participant, Graduate Student Forum on Interdisciplinary Study, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University, 2010-2012: a fellowship to foster conversations and collaborations across disciplines at NYU.

Resident, Winter Workspace Program, Wave Hill: New York Public Garden and Cultural Center, 2011: residency fellowship to produce visual work and conduct public workshops.

Artist-in-Residence, Oxygen Art Center, Canada, 2009-2010: to create and exhibit new work about social economies and waste.

Resident Researcher, Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residency, New York State Library, 2010: a residency fellowship to complete research at the New York State archives on pollution and waste at the turn of the 20th century.

Participant, Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, George Washington University, 2010: a residency workshop based on archival methodologies.

Founding Fellowship, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 2006-2010: this fellowship offers greater financial support than the default package for entering PhD students.

Fellow, ACN Mini Think Tank Fellowship, Eco-Performance and Arts-Based Methods, Earth Matters! (declined), 2009.

Artist in Residence, Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York City, 2007-2008.

Artist-Researcher in Residence, The Natural & The Manufactured, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, 2007.

Finalist, Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 2002.

Crake Foundation Scholarship in the Humanities, Crake Foundation for the Humanities, 2001.

Action Research Methodologies for the Anthropocene: Knowing Ocean Plastics Through Participatory Citizen Science, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2015-2017: #430-2015-00413; Max Liboiron (PI); Charles Mather (Co-I); Dean Bavington (Co-I); Josh Lepawkshy (Collaborator); Mario Blaser (Collaborator).

Monitoring Marine Plastics in Canada’s North, The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), 2015 -2017: Max Liboiron (PI); Partners: Drs. Yolanda Wiersma, Charles Mather, Dean Bavington, Josh Lepawsky, Mario Blaser, Jenna Jambeck, Mark Mallory, and NGOs 5 Gyres, Coastal Connections, Scope Ecological, Let’s Talk Science, the Nunavut Research Institute, and Environment Canada.

Just what kind of junk is on our beaches? Classification of marine debris using citizen scientists. Seed, Bridge and Multidisciplinary Fund, Memorial University of Newfoundland; PI: Yolanda Wiersma (Biology), Co-I: Jeffrey Parsons (Business Administration).

Research Grant, Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), New York University, 2014: for work on data activism by Occupy Sandy.

Green Grant, Office of Sustainability, New York University, 2013-2014: with Superstorm Research Lab for work on sustainability and Hurricane Sandy in NYC.

Research Grant, Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), New York University, 2013: with Superstorm Research Lab for work on sustainability and Hurricane Sandy in NYC (SRL).

Digital Commons Grant, Digital Commons Initiative, English Department and Humanities Initiative, New York University, 2012-13: to further develop the Object Ethnography Project as a research and teaching tool at NYU.

Doctoral Student Travel Grant, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 2012: competitively awarded for travel to a conference to present original research.

Travel Grant, National Science Foundation, 2012: to chair “Theories and Methodologies of Scale” at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S).

Travel Grant, National Science Foundation, 2012: to present “Twentieth Century Models of Pollution Meet Twenty-first Century Plastic” at the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH).

Project Grant, The Lucrece Project: Creative Experiments in Critical Practice, New York University, 2011-2012: to develop the Object Ethnography Project, an interdisciplinary, praxis-based research and learning tool.

Dean’s Grant for Student Research, Grant, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, 2011, 2008: for dissertation research.

Dissertation and Thesis Grant, Council for Media and Culture, New York University, 2011.

Summer Research Grant, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2011.

Competitive Professional Development Grant, Graduate Student Organization, New York University, 2011, 2010, 2009: for travel funding to conferences.

Green Grant, New York University Sustainability Task Force, New York University, 2008: for research leading to recommendations on the Culture of Tap and Bottled Water Consumption at NYU.

Grant to Professionals in the Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts,2008: for research and art residency in Dawson City, Yukon.

Culture and Social Series Grant, Graduate Student Organization, SUNY Stony Brook, 2008.


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