Judges' Final Statements and Conclusions
Background of the Judges
Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. An environmental anthropologist, he has conducted field research on biodiversity conservation, community-based development, and grassroots social movements in Tanzania, Pine Ridge, North Dakota, and New Orleans, Louisiana. His work engages the intersections of indigenous social movements, environmental justice, and nature conservation. He has documented and analyzed ways in which nature parks in Africa and North America have displaced indigenous communities, while terraforming landscapes in ways that concealed and devalued indigenous modes of belonging and caring for the environment. In New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he worked on grassroots neighborhood recovery issues. His latest work engages community-based land titling and natural resource management in Tanzania. He is interested in the potential power of alliances between indigenous and local communities and environmental organizations, in response to extractive industry and associated socio-environmental harm.