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Tessa Farmer

Associate Professor & Director of Global Studies Mideast Studies Track

UT Austin, PhD 2014

UT Austin, MA 2007

U. of Rochester, BA 2001



Tess Farmer - Well Connected book cover - 2023

Tessa Farmer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Global Studies Program, where she serves as the Track Director for the Global Studies-Middle East South Asia (GSMS) major. Her first book, Well-Connected: Everyday Water Practices in Cairo, focuses on water and wastewater in Cairo, Egypt and will come out in early 2023 with Johns Hopkins University Press in their Water and Society series. She has a second book project underway on charitable water fountains, called sabils, that are an important part of the built environment and moral ecology of Cairo. Her research has been awarded funding by Fulbright Hayes, Social Science Research Council, PEO, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Virginia. Tessa’s work appeared in the Middle East Law and Governance Journal, the Journal of Sustainability EducationAnthropology NewsMERIP, and she co-guest edited a special issue on the Environment in the Middle East in the International Journal of Middle East Studies with Jessica Barnes.