Karen Hébert is on leave.
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor Hébert is a cultural anthropologist whose research examines the development and implications of changing forms of natural resource production and consumption. Her work is situated in resource-dependent communities in the subarctic North. She has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in southwest Alaska, where she has analyzed historical and recent transformations in the region’s salmon industry. Her research and teaching interests focus on issues of globalization and economic restructuring; the rise of market-driven policy paradigms and new modes of consumerism; the regulation of fisheries and agro-food systems; the production and experience of ecological risk and vulnerability; human-environment relations and sustainable livelihoods; and the sociocultural theory of environment and economy.