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Project Members

Project funded staff

Project Leader

Project leader Heather Anne Swanson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University. The EcoGlobal project builds on her long-standing commitment to working at the borders of anthropology and the environmental sciences. A core member of the Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) project, Heather is a co-editor (with Anna Tsing, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt) of Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet (2017, Univ. of Minnesota Press). She is also co-editor of Domestication Gone Wild: Politics and Practices of Multispecies Relations (2018, Duke Univ. Press).

Postdoctoral Researcher

Michael Vine is a cultural anthropologist of the United States. Michael’s ongoing book project tracks the social life of environmental history in the rural California desert, paying particular attention to the politics of settler infrastructures and the social constitution of whiteness in the context of environmental change. A new project examines the relationship between global trade and tourism, local urban ecologies, and civic engagement in Tampa Bay, Florida. Michael has an MA in Anthropology of Health and the Body from Goldsmiths, University of London (2012) and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2018); he is currently a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida and will join EcoGlobal in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Researcher.  

PhD Student Researcher

PhD student Kirsten Keller’s research explores landscapes of inequality in flood-prone coastal cities. 

PhD Student Researcher

Trine My Thygaard-Nielsen: Description to come 

Project Affiliates

Knut G Nustad (Professor, Anthropology, University of Oslo) works with political and environmental anthropology and theory broadly defined, for the most part with a focus on South Africa. He has conducted research on informal political processes in urban settlements, development policy, state formation as well as land reform, conservation and protected areas. He is currently examining the dilemmas of introduced trout in South Africa.

Zac Caple is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida working at the intersection of anthropology, landscape equality, and the fertilizer industry.

Peter Christiansen is a master’s student in the Anthropology Department at Aarhus University.

Rachel Cypher received her BA with Honors from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Folklore from UC Berkeley, and will receive her PhD in Anthropology from UCSC in 2019. Her dissertation, titled Love in the Anthropocene, examines the affects that emerge from and create current historical presents, with a specific focus on soybean plantations in the Argentine pampas. Early childhood experiences with Biosphere 2 have led to a lifelong interest in systems theories, ecologies, and non-biological kin formations.​