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Environmental Justice and Race

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Date and Time: 
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 15:30 to 17:00

Department of Anthropology


Dr. Kiran Asher

Professor, Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of
Massachusetts- Amherst
Kiran Asher is a Professor in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a biologist-turned-social scientist with three decades of field-based research on wildlife conservation, international development, and struggles for social change in Latin America and South Asia.
Her publications include a monograph, Black and Green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands (Duke, 2009). Her scholarly work also appears in Antipode, Catalyst, Feminist Studies, Feminist Review, GeoForum, Hypatia, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book entitled Fieldwork: Nature, Culture, and Gender in the Age of Climate Change, which foregrounds the complex and contradictory intertwining of natural-cultural worlds, and the challenges these pose for 21st-century struggles for environmental and social justice.

Dr. Rosa Ficek

Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Rosa E. Ficek is an environmental anthropologist at the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, where she directs the Hurricane María Archive. Her work on infrastructure, empire and the Anthropocene has been published in Current Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology, and the Journal of Transport History. Her research has been funded by the Puerto Rico Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Smithsonian Institution, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Cornell and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mr. Nestor Silva

Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Stanford University
Néstor L. Silva is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. His dissertation project in North Dakota’s Bakken region examines how the people who generate joint hydrocarbon production and agriculture—farmers and landowners, corporate executives and workers, scientists and government officials—manage social and ecological uncertainty. He has conducted similar research on the environmental politics of the hydrocarbon industry in Latin America, and is co-author of Oil, Revolution, and Indigenous Citizenship in Ecuadorian Amazonia
(Palgrave Macmillan 2017).