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    ... ANNOUNCING!! Environmental Anthropology and Sociology at FIU The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International University (FIU) in
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      Environmental Anthropology and Sociology at FIU

      The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International
      University (FIU) in Miami has recently become home to one of the largest
      concentrations of environmental anthropologists in the country.  We invite
      students to take advantage of this new opportunity to study with a growing
      community of scholars.  The breadth of expertise in the department and
      across the university allows students to work on research projects that draw
      upon a wide array of environmental anthropology and sociology approaches,
      and to engage with the politics of nature as they are contested on multiple
      sociospatial scales from the local to the global.  FIU's geographical
      location in Miami, next to the Everglades and as gateway to Latin America
      and the Caribbean, provides a uniquely stimulating research laboratory for
      studying issues of place, space, power and identity.  Moreover, the faculty
      in our department and at FIU in general constitutes one of the richest
      concentrations of Latin American and Caribbean scholars anywhere.

      The Department of Sociology and Anthropology coordinates environmental study
      and research with FIU's Department of Environmental Studies, which
      emphasizes interdisciplinary environmental problem solving, sustainability
      of social and ecological systems, and natural resources management and
      policy.  Together we offer students with interests in the environment a
      vibrant community of scholars and fellow students.  Integral to our programs
      is an inter-departmental initiative to offer a Certificate in Sustainable
      Communities for graduate students and professionals who wish to gain
      familiarity with social science methods and theories as they apply to the
      environment.  We are currently recruiting graduate students who wish to
      carry out research in environmental anthropology/sociology for MA and PhD
      degrees, as well as non-degree seeking professionals who wish to obtain a
      Certificate in Sustainable Communities.

      Our program considers human interactions with the environment at local,
      regional, national and global scales, and seeks to integrate knowledge from
      social and natural sciences.  Faculty engage in research on a wide variety
      of issues including natural resource management, conservation and
      development, environmental bureaucracies, environmental politics and
      environmental activism; medical anthropology, ethnoecology, and
      ethnobotanical knowledge; landscape history and historical ecology;
      environmental values, environmental journalism, risk and disaster studies,
      and public perceptions of environmental risk.  The department's
      environmental faculty members have active research projects in the U.S.
      (especially the Everglades), Mexico, Belize, and Peru.

      For additional information including lists of courses and faculty biographies,please see below and for application information please consult our webpage:

      For questions and inquiries please contact the

      Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Sarah J. Mahler at



      Courses Offered in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:

      Migration and Environmental Change  SYD 6901/ EVR 5935 (Zarger)

      Environmental Anthropology ANT 3403/ANG 5403 (Mathews)

      Everglades Cultural History ANT 4211 (02)/EVR-4934 (05) (Ogden)

      American Culture and Society: Landscape and Power: ANT 5318 (Ogden)

      Anthropology of Food: ANT 4211.02 (Mathews)

      Environmental Conflicts and Political Ecology ANT 4211.01 (Mathews)

      GIS and Social Research SYD 6901 (Gladwin, Tardanico)

      American Indian Ethnology ANT 4312-U01 (Wiedman)

      Applied Anthropology SYD 6901-U01 (Wiedman)

      Graduate Medical Anthropology ANT 6469 (Wiedman)

      Native American Religions ANT 4211/IDS 4920/ REL 3380 (Wiedman)

      Courses currently being developed:

                 Development and Indigenous Peoples (Greene/Mathews)

                 Historical Ecology/Landscape History (Ogden/Mathews)

                 Eco-Capitalism and Cultural Politics (Greene)

                 Latin American Social Movements (Greene, Mathews)

                 Ethnoecology (Zarger)

                 Conservation, Communities and Globalization (Zarger)

      Relevant Courses in Other Departments:

          Department of Environmental Studies:
                 Population and Environment Issues  EVR 4415C (Zarger)

                 Principles of Sustainable Development EVR  4934 (Scattone)

      Human Organizations and Ecosystem Management EVR 4415 (Bray, Zarger)

      Restoration Ecology EVR 4934 (Hartley)

      Deep Ecology EVR 4934 (Pliske)

      Political Economy of the Environment EVR 5935 (Scattone)

      Tropical Ecosystems Management EVR 5330 (Bray)

      Protected Areas Management EVR 5360 (Heinen)

         Department of International Relations:

      Space, Place and Identity, INR/GEO 6473, (Neumann/Hollander)

      Global Food System GEO 4354 (Hollander)

      Faculty And Research Interests:

      Hugh Gladwin, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.

      Prof. Gladwin directs FIU's Institute for Public Opinion Research. His main
      interest is the application of survey research and cultural analysis to
      understand culturally and demographically diverse urban settings. His
      particular interest is in modeling interactions between the human population
      and natural systems such as the South Florida ecosystem and extreme natural
      events like hurricanes. As someone who is both an anthropologist and survey
      researcher, he finds geographic information systems (GIS) the most useful
      research tool, one that enables ethnography to communicate with statistical
      sampling in studying regions inhabited by millions of people. He is a
      co-editor of Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Sociology of

      Shane Greene, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.

      Prof. Greene does research on indigenous rights movements, ethnic politics,
      environmental-indigenous alliances, and biodiversity prospecting issues in
      Latin America, focusing particularly on the Amazonian and Andean regions of
      South America and Peru.  His recent publications analyze indigenous peoples
      claims to consider their traditional medical knowledge a form of cultural
      property deserving of legal and economic recognition by states,
      international organizations, and transnational pharmaceutical interests.
      His research and teaching interests are broadly informed by contemporary
      work on globalization, political-economy and political ecology, and critical
      development studies.

      Andrew Mathews  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.

      Prof. Mathews is interested in the ways in which states construct knowledge
      about nature and society, and in how this knowledge is modified or altered
      by popular resistance to state making. His current research focuses on
      forestry and conservation institutions in Mexico, exploring the development
      of state and community forestry institutions over the last century, and
      investigating how state interventions transformed local understandings of
      the role of fire in agriculture and forest management. His areas of interest
      include international conservation and development institutions, the history
      of state-making in Latin America, as well as anthropology of science,
      environmental history and historical ecology. He is working on a book on the
      construction of forestry in Mexico, tentatively titled Forestry Culture:
      Knowledge, Institutions and Power in Mexican Forest Management 1926-2001.
      Dr. Mathews teaches courses in Environmental Anthropology, Environmental
      Conflicts, and the Anthropology of Food.

      Laura Ogden  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.

      Prof. Ogden is interested in how people invest "natural" landscapes with
      cultural significance. Her current research is with gladesmen in the Florida
      Everglades, white settlers who traditionally supported themselves by
      alligator hunting and commercial fishing. In her research, she documents how
      the gladesmen's Everglades resonates with economic, historic and mythic
      associations. She also explores how these "local" landscape constructions
      intersect with and diverge from ecological or scientific understandings. She
      is the co-author (with Glen Simmons) of an oral history Gladesmen: Alligator
      Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers and is currently working on a manuscript
      entitled The Ashley Gang: A Landscape Poetics. Her areas of interest include
      the history and theory of ethnography, experimental writing, and
      environmental anthropology (particularly political ecology and landscape
      approaches). In addition, she works with state and federal agencies involved
      in Everglades Restoration initiatives to develop social science research
      planning and public engagement strategies.

      Dennis Wiedman  Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.

      Prof. Wiedman is the department's coordinator of undergraduate studies. His
      interests include medical anthropology, North American Indians,
      organizational culture, applied anthropology, and ecological anthropology.
      His special research interest is the increase of diabetes with
      modernization. His fieldwork extends from the Seminole of South Florida, to
      the Delaware, Apache, and Cherokee of Oklahoma, to the Inupiat of Alaska.
      Publications include Ethnohistory: A Researcher's Guide, as well as articles
      in Human Organization, Medical Anthropology, and the Journal of the American
      Dietetic Association. He was co-general editor of the NAPA Bulletin, and
      treasurer of the Society for Applied Anthropology. He is on the executive
      board of the American Anthropological Association.

      Rebecca Zarger Assistant Professor, Sociology/Anthropology/Environmental

      Prof. Zarger is a cultural anthropologist who conducts research on
      environmental knowledge, ethnographies of childhood, and land use change and
      conservation in Central America. She has a joint appointment with the
      Department of Environmental Studies. Her work has focused on how subsistence
      knowledge is learned, taught, and transformed in Q'eqchi' Maya communities
      in Belize. She co-edited the book, Ethnobiology and Biocultural Diversity
      and is currently working on a manuscript titled, Situating Practice,
      Transforming the Landscape: Social Reproduction of Q'eqchi' Environmental
      Knowledge. Prior to coming to FIU, Dr. Zarger worked with the Human
      Dimensions of Global Change Committee of the National Academies of Science
      in Washington, D.C. on public participation in environmental decision
      making. Dr. Zarger teaches courses in Ethnoecology, Population and
      Environment Issues, Migration and Environmental Change; and Conservation,
      Communities, and Globalization.

      Affiliated Faculty:

      David Bray  Professor , Department of Environmental Studies.

      Prof. Bray conducts research on community natural resource management in
      Latin America, particularly southern Mexico. He is carrying out applied
      research on grassroots organizational dynamics, policy processes, and forest
      and agroforestry management with a community organization in central
      Quintana Roo, Mexico. The organization has been sustainably managing nearly
      500,000 hectares of dry tropical forest and related ecosystems for over 15
      years, but are facing major challenges in managing their mahogany (swietenia
      macrophylla) resources as well as many lesser-known tropical species. He
      also conducts research on sustainable agriculture, particularly the social
      dimensions of organic coffee production and is writing up a four-year study
      of the social and economic impact of organic coffee production in Chiapas,

      Rod Neumann  Associate Professor, Department of International Relations.

      Prof. Neumann's interests include social theory and human-environment
      relations as well as African studies and political ecology.  He travels
      frequently to Africa, especially Tanzania, studying the cultural and
      historical roots of political conflict between peasantries and conservation
      advocates, landscape representation and social constructions of nature in
      European colonialism, contemporary development initiatives, and the
      introduction of modernity in Africa.  His research has been published in
      Antipode, Society and Space, and Development and Change, among others.  In
      1994-1995, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University in James Scott's
      Program for Agrarian Studies, where he wrote Imposing Wilderness:  Struggles
      over Livelihood and Nature Preservation in Africa (University of California
      Press, 1998).  In 1997, the National Science Foundation awarded him a
      research grant for a three-year study of the relationships among property
      rights, environmental conservation, and social change in Tanzania.  Before
      joining the FIU faculty, Prof. Neumann worked for seven years as a
      wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service; he also holds a graduate
      degree in forestry and international development from the University of

      Gail M. Hollander  Assistant Professor: Department of International

      Prof. Hollander's research and theoretical interests include: Economic
      Geography, World Food System Theory, Geography of Florida and the Caribbean,
      Feminist Geography, Regional Development, Agro-Environmental Conflict.

      Emeriti Faculty
      William T. Vickers, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology
      Prof. Vickers has conducted ethnological fieldwork in Ecuador, Peru, and
      Mexico, focusing primarily on the human ecology of indigenous communities,
      native land and civil rights, and frontier development. He is particularly
      interested in studying the interrelationships among people, nature, and
      culture and how these evolve through time. Issues include the sustainability
      of hunting around native Amazonian settlements, the dynamics of shifting
      cultivation, forest resource use and ethnobotany, and the determinants of
      settlement patterns in Amazonian societies. He has written on frontier
      expansion and how it affects indigenous societies, including their social
      and political responses to externally-imposed pressures. Professor Vickers'
      books include Los Sionas y Secoyas: Su Adaptación al Ambiente Amazónico,
      Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians and Adaptive Responses of
      Native Amazonians. He been a Fulbright Fellow in Ecuador, a National
      Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the School of American Research in
      Santa Fe, and a Doherty Foundation Fellow.

      Janet R. Chernela Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology

      Prof. Chernela has taught in the graduate faculty of Florida International
      University, and as Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Georgetown
      University. In addition, she served as Assistant to the Curator of South
      American Ethnology of the American Museum of Natural History in the
      preparation of a permanent hall on South American Indians and as Research
      Professor at INPA, the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Brazil.
      She joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 2003.  Prof.
      Chernela has conducted fieldwork among indigenous peoples in the Brazilian
      Amazon for over twenty-five years and is author of the book, The Wanano
      Indians of the Brazilian Amazon: A Sense of Space as well as sixty articles
      on issues of indigenous peoples, conservation policy, gender, and language.
      Recent publications by Chernela discuss a grassroots community development
      project among riverine peoples at Silves, in the central Brazilian Amazon, a
      site to which Dr. Chernela has also led an overseas study program.  Prof.
      Chernela has served as a consultant to NGOs, including Cultural Survival,
      the Nature Conservancy, Ford Foundation, and the Coolidge Center for
      Environmental Leadership. Projects she proposed for international
      conservation NGOs include a restoration plan for lands devastated by gold
      mining in the Yanomami regions of Brazil; a resource management and tourism
      plan for seven indigenous groups on the Venezuela-Brazil border; and a study
      abroad program among the Kayapo Indians of Brazil.  With indigenous women
      living in the urban center, Manaus, Brazil, Chernela was founder of AMARN,
      the Association for Women of the Upper Rio Negro, the first Amerindian
      women's association in Brazil and its longest-lived Brazilian indigenous
      organization.  Prof. Chernela serves as Chari of the Committe for Human
      Rights of the American Anthropological Association (AAA); member of the
      Executive Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association, and is President
      elect of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America.  She is
      former member of the AAA Task Force to look into allegations regarding
      research activities among the Yanomami of Venezuela and Brazil and was
      appointed to the Association's newly formed Commission on Indigenous People.
      She is on the editorial boards of the journals Hemisphere and the Journal of
      Latin American Anthropology.
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