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

Research Overview

Over the past nearly forty years, Professor Dove 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.

His most recent books are: "The Anthropology of Climate Change" (Wiley/Blackwell 2014); "Climate Cultures" (coeditor J. Barnes, Yale University Press 2015), and “Science, Society, and Environment” (coauthor D. M. Kammen, Routledge 2015).

He is currently working on a book on a comparative, post-humanist analysis of environmental relations in South and Southeast Asia, and a second book on the intellectual lineage of the study of natural history. Other major research projects include the human ecology of hazard on Mt. Merapi in Central Java.

Other 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.   

Professor Dove sits on the advisory boards of Yale’s Agrarian Studies Program, Council on South Asian Studies, Council on Southeast Asian Studies, and the International Affairs Council.