Danya Al-Saleh F'20

Danya  Al-Saleh
Doctoral Candidate
Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2020
Doctoral Candidate
Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Petro-education: Engineering Fossil Fuel Futurities between Texas and Qatar

“Petro-education” examines the contradictory role of Texas A&M in transitioning Qatar away from fossil fuels. Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), an engineering branch campus established in 2003, is a techno-political experiment to rehabilitate fossil fuel futurities not only in Qatar, but also in Texas. These futurities work to reconcile the accelerated extraction of fossil fuels with the recognition that the age of abundant oil and gas is ending. Through 18 months of institutional ethnography in Texas and Qatar, this project demonstrates how administrators, faculty, and students navigate TAMUQ’s commitment to fossil fuels in the context of competing visions and political struggles over energy transition. This study, sitting at the intersection of energy geographies and critical university studies, shows how the ideological commitment to ways of living that fossil fuels made possible is reproduced within a US university.