Joseph is Founder of the environmental theater company Harmattan Theater based in New York City, (www.harmattantheater.com) and Professor of Social Science at Pratt Institute where she teaches a walking history course of New York's coastal environs.
She is the author of "Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination" (Duke University Press, 2013) and "Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship" (Univ. of Minnesota Press). Joseph's artistic and theoretical work is interested in the impact of climate change on global governance, migrancy, coastal societies and water politics. Drawing on coastal and river cities, visual culture and performance, Joseph's critical investigations explore the relationships between sea faring communities, embodiment, flows of people, and citizenship processes.
As the Founder and Artistic Director of Harmattan Theater, Joseph's experiments with environmental site specific performance works are interested in the impact of oceans, rivers and water flows on urban spaces. Joseph uses performance as a technique of historical memory and ecological knowledge making. Performance in Joseph's work is a theoretical engagement with the public sphere through large scale dance-theater pieces staged in contested and tenuous public spaces. Through her performance work, Joseph investigates the histories of urban sites at the interface of the Hudson River, piers, islands and the public pathways of New York's water front.
Joseph's recent artistic work has involved exploring water issues in the U.S., Africa, Europe and India. She has created large scale performances on the Venetto Lagoon in Venice, the Amstel River in Amsterdam, the Tagus River in Lisbon; on the Arabian Sea in Cochin, India; at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa; and the Yamuna River in Delhi, India. Joseph's performances are investigations into the junctures between ancient sea walls, water rights and coastal communities within a globally interconnected world.