Yale University-Program on Agrarian Studies

Academy Scholars Program

Museum of Natural History Paris

Laboratoire Ermes

UM School of Natural Resources and Environment

Sorbonne

McGill University- Anthropology Department

McGill University School of Environment

Research

I have done recent work on/in three locations on the African continent:
  • in and around the Dzanga Sangha Dense Forest Reserve in southwestern Central African Republic (and protected areas/logging concessions in neighboring regions of Congo Brazzaville and Cameroon, see CAFI).
  • in Kenya's Laikipia region (for more information, see "Inside M-Cubed").
  • in the Royal Bafokeng Nation within the Republic of South Africa (for more, see the Royal Bafokeng Nation).

Different as they are, all are sites with intense interfaces between wildlife, humans, and sophisticated industries such as tourism, hydroponic farming, logging, and mining. All are characterized by what Melissa Remis and I have termed "transvaluation" of animal species and indeed land, or even cultural identities. What we mean by this is that various kinds of actors in different zones value living things differently, and these competing values play into supply chains, conservation policies, and attempts at political empowerment.


My research engagement with transnational efforts at wildlife conservation, communication, and alliance building include the following:

Grants and Fellowships 


Corporate Social Forms and Environmental Change
2007: Co-PI on Grants (with Damani Partridge and Marina Welker) for a collaborative international symposium on “Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Corporate Social Form.” Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2007: Co-PI (with Arun Agrawal, PI, and John Vandermeer, Tom Lyon, Rick Riolo, Kathleen Bergen) on NSF Coupled Human Natural Systems grant for seven years total funding on the impact of logging concessions on forest cover in the Congo basin, as this relates to the growth and presence of NGOs, international donors, and transnational corporations.

2005: Research on Concessionary Politics in Southern Africa and Coordination of Corporate Lives Panel at the American Ethnological Society Meetings. Center for International Business Education. Supported by $5000 grant from the University of Michigan.

2002: Fellowship for one year research and writing on Concessionary Politics in South Africa; supported by Social Science and Humanities Council, Canada, and McGill University (declined).

2000: Fellowship for postdoctoral research and teaching on environment. Ford Foundation "Crossing Borders" Initiative, Yale Center for International and Area Studies.


Emergent Viral Disease an Human/Wildlife Interactions
2013 (PENDING): Co-PI with Johannes Foufopoulos and Joseph Eisenberg (UM School of Public Health) grant proposal to the National Science Foundation EID Program “Effects of Land Management on Q Fever Transmission Across Domesticated Animals, Wildlife and Humans in Laikipia, Kenya.”

Q virus Project under M-Cubed

2012: Co-PI on funded MCubed innovation award of $60,000 with Johannes Foufopoulos and Joseph Eisenberg (Public Health) for collaborative, cross disciplinary research on Q Fever in Kenyan drylands.

2011: Co-PI with Johannes Foufopoulos, seed grants totaling of $40,000 from Graham Institute, African Studies, School of Environment, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Africa initiative toward collaborative funds for Sustainability for research on the emergence of Q- Fever among pastoralists and rural populations in Laikipia region, Kenya.

2005 and 2001: Fellowship for two years of research on emergent disease and environmental change under the auspices of the Academy Fellows Program; Academy Scholars Program, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University.

2003: PI and Chair for an authors meeting toward an edited volume on emergent viral disease in tropical forests at Harvard University. Supported by $30,000 grant from Harvard Academy Scholars Program, and grants totaling $24,000 from U.S. Department of Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Ape Fund--declined in favor of Harvard funding)

2002: PI and Chair of an international working group on emergent viral disease in tropical forests. Supported by $20,000 grant from the International Society for Ecosystem Health, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International.

1999: One month field research in Central African Republic on emergent viral disease and concessionary politics. Supported by $3,000 grant from Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Museum National d'Histoire Naturel, Paris.

1998: Fellowship for one year of research (approximately $15,000) at the University of Orléans/IRD Laboratoire ERMES; Conseil Regional de la Region du Centre, France.

1995: Archival research (CAOM, Aix en Provence, France and; Bundesarchiv, Berlin). Supported by $7,000 grant Yale International and Area Studies doctoral assistance.

SUMMER 1993 and 1994: Preliminary archival and field research in France and Central Africa on logging, hunting, tourism and forest management. Williams Fund, Mellon Fund, and Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University.

Integration of Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science
2007: Work and work sessions with Interlock Media in Ann Arbor and Cambridge Massachusetts on a documentary film on Expeditionary Science, Evolutionary Paradigms, and the Colonial Origins of Environmental Conservation: Critical Debates about Race, Culture, Power. Supported by $25,000 grant from Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University of Michigan, Harvard University’s Academy for International and Area Studies and Currier House, Brown University’s Department of Anthropology and the New York Botanical Gardens, and the American Museum of Natural History.

2005: $8,000 grant to develop materials for environmental anthropology curriculum; Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Grant, University of Michigan.

2000: Chair of a working group and working days on the theme "Environment, Literature, and Public Policy." Funded by $10,000 grant from Whitney Humanities Center, Council on African Studies, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University.

1999: Fellowship for one semester study at University of California Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine (declined).


Capacity Building and Collaboration in African Environmental Issues
2011: PI on grant from University of Michigan STEM-Africa initiative for Collaborative Research and Learning in East Africa.

1999: PI on grant from Biodiversity Support Program (BSP) $15,000 for production of bilingual version of the Sangha River Network 1997 conference proceedings.

1999: $55,000 grant from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and BSP/Central Africa Regional Program on Environment (CARPE) to produce bilingual website.

1998: Grants totaling $38,200 from Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Initiative, Yale University Center for International and Area Studies, and USAID BSP/CARPE for operating budget and international meetings on the role of independent research in environmental management of the Western Congo basin, in Orleans, France.

1997: Co-recipient (with S. Rupp and H. Eves) of grants totaling $50,000 from Kempf Memorial Fund at Yale; BSP/CARPE grant; Yale University for a conference on the histories, institutions, and knowledge forms shaping resource use in the Sangha River basin of Equatorial Africa.

1996: PI (with co-PI M. Remis) of grants totaling $12,000 for the regional work sessions for indigenous experts and researchers Central African Republic. Agrarian Studies at Yale; World Wide Fund for Nature, U.S. and BSP/CARPE special grant.


Funds for Students Chaired or Co-chaired
Dr. Guntra Aistara (Latvia) 2009, awarded competitive Rackam Writing Award (2008) and Central European University Environmental Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010). Has taught in recent years both at the UN Peace University in Costa Rica, and at the Central European University in Budapest, where she currently holds a tenure track appointment. Guntra will be an Agrarian Studies Fellow
at Yale University in September, 2014 for the academic year.

Dr. Daphne Ghallagher (USA), awarded alternate status, Yale University Agrarian Studies Fellowship. Has recently transitioned from postdoctoral work to teaching and conducting research at University of Oregon in Eugene.

Dr. Menan Jangu (Tanzania- First Generation Graduate School) 2010, awarded prestigious Campus-Wide Award for Teaching Excellence, and Yossi Schiff award for Research Costs. 2011, awarded prestigious campus wide Rackham Writing Award, thus declined offer at St. Cloud State to write in Ann Arbor, and is currently revising his first book manuscript, and conducting fieldwork for a second project on
medical anthropology, mining, and rural communities in Tanzania.

Dr. Catherine Benson, 2012, awarded prestigious Sweetland Writing Institute grant for Dissertation completion, summer 2011, as well as NSF Cultural Anthropology, Fulbright Hayes and NOAA funds for fieldwork and postdoctoral research on integration across scales or levels of marine conservation implementation in Papua New Guinea.

Doctoral Candidate Baruani Mshale (Tanzania- First Generation Grad School) awarded prestigious Compton Foundation, Graham Center for Sustainability, Social Science Research Council, NSF Geography, and Norwegian State Fellowships for Doctoral work on forest commons in Tanzania. 

Doctoral Candidate Krista Gullo (USA- First Generation Grad School) Awarded Rackham writeup Fellowship; Graham Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan for study of varying organizational responses to climate change, including a detailed study of Ford Motor Company. 

Doctoral Candidate Jennifer Johnson (USA- First Generation Grad School), and Wenner Gren proposal to investigate Gender and Change in the fisheries of Lake Victoria’s Littoral; PI on $6,000 Rackham Research Award for faculty summer research (2011), and on an NSF doctoral dissertation improvement grant awarded in 2012. Jennifer has also been awarded funding from the Wenner Gren Foundation for anthropological research.

Doctoral Candidate Jacqueline Doremus (USA- First Generation Grad School) Co-PI on $4,000 Rackham Research Award for faculty summer research and writing collaborative on conflict and forest management (2008) and 2011. Fulbright grant for conducting fieldwork
in northern Congo Brazzaville.

Doctoral Candidate Ismael Achirri (Cameroon- First Generation Grad School) awarded five year Rackham Merit Fellowship; currently PI on an NSF doctoral dissertation improvement grand for his field research in the St. Lucia estuary and wetland in South Africa.