Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Sam Coren

American Studies
Pronouns They/Them


Sam Coren is a public scholar and graduate student whose research interests include the U.S. built environment, urban ecology and infrastructure; environmental history and feminist science and technology studies. Sam has exhibited as a research-based artist at sites in Providence and upstate New York, with a thematic focus on distressed landscapes (some of these projects are documented at Their dissertation project, titled Watershed Metropolis, explores people’s relationships to the urban rivers of the Providence area in the face of anthropogenic change, and asks how the presence of many different kinds of infrastructure--from highways to bioswales--have mediated those relationships.