Merrit Corrigan is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology and a Digital Videography Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds a B.A.(2015) in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to her studies at the Graduate Center, Merrit worked for Springboard To Opportunities, organizing with residents living in affordable housing communities in Mississippi. She is currently teaching Urban Justice and Ethnography at John Jay College, serving as a New York City coordinator for the International Honors Program: Cities in the 21st Century, and researching at the New Media Lab working on developing a public mapping project in Jackson, Mississippi.
Her research interests include inequality, race, infrastructure, and social movements. Her future dissertation work will examine how institutional politics of paving and contemporary strategies of resistance centered on potholes help to re-make imaginaries about race, equity, and urban space in the southern United States.