Richard Fadok

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center



Richard Fadok is a 2022-2023 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities affiliated with the Wolf Humanities Center and the Department of Anthropology. His research broadly examines how design mediates human relationships with the environment, with a focus on ecological designers in the United States. In 2021, he received his PhD from the History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society Program at MIT. His first book project, In Life’s Likeness, draws on dissertation fieldwork conducted with practitioners of “biomimicry,” the imitation of biological design principles, to theorize the connections between intentionality, form, and value in green capitalism. At Penn, Fadok will be primarily working on his second book project about multispecies architecture, entitled Animal Heritage. During the spring term, he will be teaching about animals and the built environment in the interdisciplinary seminar and ethnographic studio “Space/Power/Species.”



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