1. University of Virginia
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I am a sociocultural anthropologist with several years of field experience in urban Cuba. My work unpacks the moral paradigms through which people live out the material demands of life. My forthcoming book looks at how the political economy of late socialism is reshaped in the everyday practices of working-class entrepreneurs. This research has since developed into an ongoing focus on markets, globalization and sustainable alternatives to neoliberal capitalism.


I am interested in culturally and politically attuned ways of thinking through landscape, ecology, and climate. I have a special interest in how people work to bring new, less destructive modes of relating to nonhuman life into being, even from deeply compromised positions. Lately my interests have centered on indigenous political movements and the fraught ways these movements reckon with certain ideologies about race and negotiate relationships with sympathetic, non-indigenous environmentalists.


I discovered Anthropology through an undergraduate course called “Cultures of the World.” While I remember very little about the class and the professor, I do recall the feeling of finding my “home.” Understanding came easily to me and I wanted to study, unlike other classes.


Xinyan Peng is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at University of Virginia. Her dissertation and book project is entitled We’ve Always Worked”: Professionalizing Life among White-Collar Women in Contemporary Urban China.


I am a cultural medical anthropologist. My research and teaching interests are focused on how people construe and negotiate ethical problems of care. Through a diverse range of projects, I have explored: how people decide whom they should care for and how, how these values are instilled, and how they change over time.


Jim Igoe holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University (2000). He has conducted field research on biodiversity conservation, community-based development, and grassroots social movements in Tanzania, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and New Orleans Louisiana. His earlier work focused on conflicts between nature conservation and indigenous and local communities in diverse context. His more recent work concerns the ways in which spectacles of nature connect and disconnect peoples' experiences of their place in the world at diverse and interconnected scales and locales.


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