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C. Anne Claus Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology

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(202) 885-6797
CAS - Anthropology
Hamilton - 306
Monday 10:30-12:30 Hamilton 306
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Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Science
PhD Yale University, Anthropology and Environmental Studies MPhil Yale University, Anthropology and Environmental Studies

MA University of Hawai’i, Environmental Anthropology BA University of Iowa, Anthropology and Japanese Studies

C. Anne Claus is a cultural anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary seascapes, primarily in Japan. Her academic work investigates how the interplay of international and local discourses of resource stewardship produces sustainable practices and shapes social transformation. Her recent book (fall 2020) is an ethnography of how global environmentalisms are deployed and refashioned in Okinawa, Japan; and she is currently doing research for a multi-sited ethnography of sustainable seafoods in Japan and Portugal. She has also published work on the socio-economic impacts of environmental policies on coastal communities; the political ecology of disasters; and conservation social science. Claus's work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Tropical Resources Institute, and the Council on East Asian Studies. Her teaching interests include political ecology, ocean studies, the anthropology of food, and ethnographic writing.
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Anthropology Department
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Spring 2021

  • ANTH-453 Senior Seminar in Anthropology

  • ANTH-602 The Craft of Anthropology II

Fall 2021

  • ANTH-110 Culture and Power

  • ANTH-365 Social Ecology of Food

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Environmentalisms, nature ideologies, ocean studies, political ecology, post-colonialism, ethnographic writing