Rebecca Hardin

Associate Professor, University of Michigan
School for Environment and Sustainability 
Director, Michigan Sustainability Cases
Coordinator, Environmental Justice Certificate 
Telephone:734 647 5947
Twitter: @rebeccacademy

Since undergraduate training in Brown University's Modern Culture and Media community I have been fascinated by the links between symbol, narrative, social power and environmental outcomes. My Peace Corps service in the Central African Republic allowed me to apply critical understandings of French colonial history from my study of Marguerite Duras's writings about Indochina, to a troubled French postcolony in geopolitical transition. My training at Yale's Department of Anthropology with Angelique Haugerud and historian Robert Harms enabled me to explore connections between East African and Equatorial African settings, while also learning foundational field ecological methods from Harold Conklin and Alison Richard. Today much of my research still engages the African continent's rich and varied environmental legacies and transformations. Recent projects have honed in on human/wildife interactions in relation to extractive industry, or on corporate social responsibility relative to community institutions, and the ways that anti poaching efforts and disease surveillance shape emerging democracies. Increasingly I am interested in African investments in education or environmentally oriented innovation, on the one hand, and industry or the trappings of the security state on the other. To study these trajectories at intimately local levels, i have benefitted from the methods and theories gathered under the Environmental Justice and Health cluster at SEAS. 

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