Paige West (she/her) is an endowed professor of anthropology, writer, and director for the of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Barnard College and Columbia University. Equally dedicated to scholarship, mentoring, and collaboration, West is the author of three books and the founder of the journal Environment and Society: Advances in Research and the co-founder of the PNG Institute of Biological Research and the Roviana Solwara Skul, two conservation-focused NGOs in Papua New Guinea. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.