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Dr. Amanda Poole

Dr. Poole is an environmental anthropologist with international and domestic research experience on community based resource management.

Dr. Amanda Poole

Dr. Poole received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Her dissertation, “The Power of Place: Refugee Resettlement, Resource Management, and State Making in Lowlands Eritrea,” is based on extensive fieldwork in Eritrea supported by the Social Science Research Council and other fellowships.

She teaches courses on Africa, applied anthropology, ecological anthropology, and cultural theory. Poole has worked in both academic and applied settings, including serving as a consultant and field-researcher with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Along with research findings, Poole has published on strategies to adapt traditional anthropology methods to meet the demands of applied, regional level research.   She has published in Human Organization, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Africa Today, The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and in the edited volume Biopolitics, Militarism, and Development: Eritrea in the 21st Century.

Her fields of specialization include political ecology, ethnoecology, community-based resource management, rural and post-conflict development, food sovereignty, forced migration and refugee studies, and anthropology of the state. Most recently, she has been researching the social dynamics around hydraulic fracturing in northern Appalachia. 

Read more about Dr. Poole, and find some of her recent articles.

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