Colin Hoag is an anthropologist and ecologist who conducts transdisciplinary research on issues surrounding water, soil conservation, the state, bureaucracy, and migration in Southern Africa. He is currently Assistant Professor of Environmental Anthropology at Smith College, where he teaches courses on landscape, the Anthropocene, and the environment in Africa. Colin holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a PhD in Biological Sciences from Aarhus University, where he was affiliated with the research program, AURA: Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene. His work has been published in American Anthropologist, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Critique of Anthropology, Politique Africaine, and elsewhere.
Chitra Venkataramani completed her PhD in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and her work is located at the intersection of visual culture, urban studies, architecture and ecology. Her dissertation research examined the work of maps in contemporary ecological and spatial politics in the context of recent ecological reforms initiated by the Indian Government. Chitra is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.