Doctoral Student Spotlights

Max Liboiron

Media, Culture, and Communication

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
Media, Culture and Communication is one of the most interdisciplinary doctoral programs out there. My advisors and professors are historians, anthropologists, media scholars, musicologists, art historians, and cultural theorists. My work has to be both robust and accessible. And when I'm with my peers, I'm surrounded by some of the smartest people I know.
My academic passion is:
Changing environmental practices and policies with my research.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
have changed the face of how pollution is understood so that policy and activism can be more effective.
A hobby I have is:
Making art out of garbage.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Little Atlas.
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Plastic Pollution and how it is challenging current ideas of what pollution is and how it works.
I'm interested in this topic because:
its the pollution and environmental justice challenge of the twenty-first century!
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Living in rural northern Canada.
Research or scholar I most admire:
Paul N. Edwards
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Staff members who have influenced me most: Jeremy Friedman and Richard Chavolla.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Waste and Water with Dr. Robin Nagle, and Experiences of Consumption with Dr. Brett Gary.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada
Career Goals:
Become a professor and continue environmental policy activism
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
2011- Winter Workspace Program, Research & Production Residency, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY 2011- Scholar-Activist Grant, Radical Art Caucus, Philadelphia, PA 2010- Graduate Student Forum on Interdisciplinary Study, NYU 2010- W.E.B DuBois & Nelson Mandela Commitment to Dialogue and Education Award, The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, NYU 2010- Anna K. and Mary E. Cunningham Research Residency, New York State Library, Albany, NY 2010- Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research Award, George Washington University, DC 2010- Dissertation and Thesis Grant, Council for Media and Culture, NYU 2010- Summer Research Grant, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU 2006-2010 Founding Fellowship, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU 2008- Green Grant, New York University Sustainability Task Force, NYU 2008- Dean 's Grant for Student Research, Steinhardt School of Culture and Human Development, NYU
Other professional or service activities:
2008-present- Founder and Co-President- Native American and Indigenous Students Group, NYU 2010-present- Co-Chair, Working Group on Food, Purchasing, and Waste, Sustainability Task Force, NYU 2008-present- Environmental Task Force Member, New York University Sustainability Task Force, NYU 2008-2010- Co-chair, Visual Culture Caucus, College Art Association