Michael R. Dove

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology; Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology Peabody Museum; Co-Coordinator, Joint F&ES/Anthropology Doctoral Program; Chair Council on Southeast Asian Studies

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B.A. Northwestern University
M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University


Environmental anthropologist, whose work focuses on the environmental relations of local communities, especially in South and Southeast Asia. Over the past 40 years, he has spent more than a dozen years in the field in Asia, carrying out long-term research on human ecology in Borneo and Java, developing government research capacity in Indonesia, and advising the Pakistan Forest Service on social forestry policies. Research and teaching interests include the anthropology of climate change and the cultural and political aspects of natural hazards, disasters, and resource degradation; indigenous environmental knowledge and practice; the study of developmental and environmental institutions, discourses, and movements; and the history and sociology of the environment-related sciences. Current research project is a comparative, post-humanist analysis of view of the environment in South and Southeast Asia.

In Portrait: M.R. Dove (right) with Harold C. Conklin at Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association in Montreal, November 2011