1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

James Igoe

Professor & Chair

Brooks Hall, 300


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. He is also involved with experimental collaborations dedicated to integrating theory building, applied practice, and public scholarship.


Globalization; biodiversity conservation; development; nature; value(s); spectacle; social movements; East Africa; North America.

Selected Publications

2013 - Consume, Connect, Conserve: Consumer Spectacle and the Technical Mediation of Neoliberal Conservation's Aesthetic of Redemption and Repair. Human Geography 6 (1):16-28.

2013 - Prosuming Conservation Producing/Consuming Nature and the Material Base of Speculative Capitalism. Journal of Consumer Culture: 1-23. (Co-Author Bram Buscher)

2010 - The Spectacle of Nature in the Global Economy of Appearances Anthropological Engagements with the Spectacular Mediations of Transnational Conservation. Critique of Anthropology 30 (3):375-397

2010 - A Spectacular Eco-Tour Around the Historic Bloc: Theorizing the Convergences of Biodiversity Conservation and Capitalist Expansion. Antipode 30 (3): 486-163. (Co-Author Katja Neves and Dan Brockington)

2017 – The Nature of Spectacle: On Images, Money, and Conserving Capitalism.Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 

Department Faculty

Sonia Alconini
David A. Harrison III Professor of American Archaeology
Ira Bashkow
Goldsmith Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2018-2021: Associate Professor
Frederick H. Damon
Eve Danziger
Professor and Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics
Lise Dobrin
Associate Professor
Gertrude Fraser
Associate Professor
Richard Handler
Professor & Director of Global Development Studies Program
James Igoe
Professor & Chair
Kasey Jernigan
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and American Studies
Adria LaViolette
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Daniel Lefkowitz
Associate Professor
George Mentore
Associate Professor
Rachel Most
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs & Professor
Fraser D. Neiman
China Scherz
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Mark Sicoli
Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Admissions
Margaret Smith
Director & Curator, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Sylvia Tidey
Assistant Professor
Patricia Wattenmaker
Associate Professor
Kath Weston
Jarrett Zigon
William & Linda Porterfield Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Anthropology