Kantel’s research looks at political violence, global environmental politics, and African politics. Her dissertation focuses on when and why people perceive rules governing access to and the distribution of natural resources in the Global South legitimate or illegitimate. Drawing on seven months of ethnographic field work in Uganda, her research identifies processes of (de-)legitimization that shape people's perceptions of legitimacy of the country's fisheries and land policies. Identifying as a scholar of political ecology, her work engages with broader questions of justice, power, and equality and draws on insights from fields such as critical IR studies, cultural anthropology, post-colonial studies, feminist scholarship, international development, and political geography. In addition to her interest in natural resource governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kantel has researched the role of civil society actors in global environmental governance as well as within the context of contemporary German-US relations.
Prior to her time at American University, she completed her M.A. studies in political science at the Free University of Berlin, spent a year as a visiting graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and has lived and worked in France and Ghana.
Kantel, Anne. 2019. "Fishing for Power: Incursions of the Ugandan Authoritarian State." Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
Wapner, Paul, and Anne Kantel. June 2017. “Global Civil Society,“ in: Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities (2nd Edition), edited by Robert Durant, Daniel Fiorino and Rosemary O’Leary. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Atzili, Boaz, and Anne Kantel. 2015. “Accepting the Unacceptable: Lessons from West Germany’s Changing Border Politics.” International Studies Review 17(4): 588-616.