Colin Hoag is an anthropologist and ecologist who conducts transdisciplinary research on issues surrounding water, soil conservation, the state, and migration in Southern Africa. He is currently completing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He recently completed a second PhD in Biological Sciences at Aarhus University, where he was affiliated with the research program, AURA: Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene. In Fall 2017, he will join the Department of Anthropology at Smith College as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Anthropology. His work has been published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Critique of Anthropology, Politique Africaine, the Journal of Southern African Studies, and the New South African Review.
Theresa L. Miller is an environmental anthropologist who works on biodiversity maintenance, human-plant engagements, and the aesthetic/ethical valuation of such encounters in indigenous lowland South America. Her doctoral fieldwork and dissertation explore these issues among the Ramkokamekra-Canela indigenous community of Maranhão, northeast Brazil. She recently completed a DPhil in Anthropology at the University of Oxford and is currently a Peter Buck postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Department of Anthropology, where she is continuing her work on Canela ethnobotanical classification and environmental knowledge within the Recovering Voices Program.
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.