Research

Diné Energy Politics  Standing Rock/NoDAPL  Southern Appalachia

 

Understanding the water:energy nexus has become increasingly urgent for environmental anthropology and for the many publics who depend upon the water and oil/electricity, in question. This urgency erupted in 2016, with the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, in North Dakota. My latest project is an ethnographic tracing, through fieldwork and interviews, of the #NoDAPL movement, which began in Standing Rock Sioux territory and continues, globally, in many new forms. This movement articulated new critiques of settler colonialism and pushed the national debate on indigenous territorial sovereignty in unprecedented ways. I am presently working on two papers, and a multimedia project, in collaboration with indigenous scholars.