Matthew Nesvet

Matthew Nesvet is an anthropologist, journalist, and filmmaker. He is also a doctoral candidate and lecturer in anthropology and African and African-American studies. Matthew writes about militarization, policing, borders and states, racial capitalism, and extractive empires and industries, focusing on security empires in Africa and North America.  Matthew's dissertation explores the politics and political economy of underground mining, labor, migration, and violence in South Africa's closed gold-mining zones. Matthew has also written about America's police reform industrial complex in New Orleans, a 'union' of housing unstable, hard drug user urban activists in San Francisco, gold panners in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, and Afro-futurism. Matthew organized two recent exhibitions, which featured a democratically designed, speculative visualization of an alternative future for San Francisco, the other which traced the persistence of apartheid in 'post'-apartheid Johannesburg. Matthew most recently taught 'resistance, rebellion, and popular protest' at University of California, Davis, where he is also a graduate writing fellow and consultant and former graduate teaching fellow and consultant. Matthew is affiliated with the Critical Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies Research Group, Mellon-supported Comparative Border Studies Initiative, Anthropology Department, and African and African-American Studies Department at the as well as the Anthropology Department and Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.