Elliott Reichardt

Field of Interest(s)
Environmental anthropology
Multi-species ethnography
Political economy
Collaborative methods
Disability studies
Medical anthropology
The rural
Political ecology
Anthropology of history, development, & science
Western Canada

I study social, ecological, and economic change using a mix of historical, ecological, and ethnographic methods. I do most of this work in Western Canada, in places with lots of trees. 

Previously, I have been interested in the emergence of global health in the Caribbean during the early 1900s as a distinct mode of practice, and its relationship to statecraft. This research has drawn upon archival research from digitized archival resources as well records and diaries held at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

I hold a Bachelor of Health Sciences (First Class Honours) from the University of Calgary in Biomedical Science where I researched the immunology of glioblastoma multiforme and a Master of Philosophy in Health, Medicine and Society from the University of Cambridge where I researched cancer screening from an anthropological perspective. In 2018 – 2019, I worked as a research associate at the University of Calgary where I completed a research study on the intersections of psychology, eugenics and the notion of intelligence between 1900-1972 in Canada’s largest forced sterilization program: the Alberta Eugenics Board.


Elliott Reichardt