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Robin Nagle

Robin Nagle Mitchell Bach

Robin Nagle has been the anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation since 2006; she is the first person to hold the title. She teaches anthropology and urban studies at New York University, where she also directs the Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought. She is the author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City and she lives in Harlem.

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America’s largest city generates garbage in torrents—11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don’t give it much attention. They leave their trash...

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