Current Students

Tomoki is a basic queer aontie from Oregon. They enjoy daydreaming and making art about queerness, neurodiversity, and diaspora.

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Tomoki birkett (they/them)

Tomoki thinks about the TEPCO nuclear disaster as a contemporary aftermath of the Cold War reorganization of Japanese coloniality. They want to better understand how ecological struggles in the Pacific are linked to disrupting Japanese and American imperialisms and  reimagining Japanese identity.

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Antara is from West Bengal, India. You’ll mostly find her cooking, singing, collecting really bad jokes, and making coffee.

Antara Chakrabarti (she/her)

Her research asks how facts about the environment and meanings of fixity and mobility are made through the involvement of experts in a historically partitioned, precarious landscape containing a river-border between India and Bangladesh, in the context of a continuous developmental desire. She is a contributing editor at Borderlines, the complementary site of the journal CSSAME.

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On Theory and the South with Saronik Bosu (2021) by Antara Chakrabarti and Olga Verlato


Amelia is from New Jersey. She has a background in K-12 education. She is passionate about poetry – reading, teaching, writing, and living it. 

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Amelia Simone Herbert (she/her)

Amelia studies the roles that education plays in the construction, articulation, and subversion of racialized inequality in global perspective. Her dissertation focuses on the racial and spatial politics of aspiration in the unequal and marketized urban schooling landscape of Cape Town, South Africa. 

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Alyssa is a Jamaican-Canadian from Toronto. She has travelled to over 25 countries and regions and tried dance classes in as many as she could.

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Alyssa Adina James (She/her)

Alyssa’s research examines the Martinican heritage project that promises to revive the island’s once renowned coffee industry. Through this study, she aims to understand why it often seems that the colonial past must figure into the making of Caribbean social and political futures.

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SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2020-2023)

Columbia University Life Racial Justice Mini-Grant (2021)

Johnnetta B. Cole Student Travel Award (2021)

Co-host of Zora’s Daughters podcast


Stephanie is from Honolulu, HI and Brooklyn, NY.

Stephanie Ratté (She/Her)

Stephanie studies climate change, water, and infrastructure in varied forms, while trying to remain attentive to questions of time, worries around change, and the problems of toxicity, particularly in coastal urban landscapes.

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Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Recipient (2022)


Chazelle enjoys the challenge of trying to follow a recipe. She lives for belly laughs and moments that bring her stillness. 

Chazelle Rhoden (She/Her)

She explores how Afro-Brazilian religions have generated flourishing ecosystems, and are now affected by conservation projects that the climate crisis demands.  


Eduardo was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Besides reading and writing, he loves cooking, playing guitar, old maps, dogs and soccer. 

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Eduardo Romero Dianderas (he/him)

Eduardo’s work examines ongoing transformations in the ways tropical rainforests in the Amazon come to be experienced, known and governed today in the wider context of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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Rappaport Paper Prize Award (2021)

Halperin Memorial Award (2017)

Heyman Center Fellow 2020-2021

Robert M. Netting Student Paper Prize (2016)


Jared is a land and housing activist from South Africa with “a long etcetera that gives us identity”. When he’s not causing trouble, he spends his time trying to finish his PhD.

Jared Sacks (He/They)

Jared’s research focuses on the shift in the South African “Left” post-1994 towards employing the NGO structure as a tool for building social movements and achieving social change.

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On Militancy, Self-reflection, and the Role of the Researcher (2018)

“Sagacity is relational: no individual owns any story,” edited series on Odera Oruka’s Sage Philosophy. K. Kresse, O. Nyarwath and F. Owakah, eds. (Forthcoming 2023)


Before anthropology, Dakota studied literature and creative writing. She also worked for a conservation organization in Rwanda. For fun, she’s learning to train a sheepdog.

Dakota Straub (She/Her)

Dakota is interested in the ways that Western elites make stories about and interact with nonhuman worlds during a time of ecological crisis through science, communication technologies, and governance. Her dissertation research investigates what motivates wealthy individuals who fund and conduct private ocean exploration projects and how they understand their role in the field of marine science.

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International Dissertation Research Fellow, Social Sciences Research Council (2020-2021)

Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Recipient (2020)


Fern grew up on the Australian coast, and still gravitates toward the ocean like a moth to a flame. Outside of research, you will most likely find her hiking, camping, jamming music or dabbling with sound art.

fern thompsett (she/her)

Fern’s research explores what ‘anti-civilization’ ideas look like in practice, across different communities based in the US Pacific Northwest. Her work focuses on how people are responding to the climate crisis, while building relationships of support and solidarity with Indigenous sovereignty movements.

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Caryn is from Washington, DC. When she isn’t working on her thesis, she enjoys experimenting with fermentation and playing Animal Crossing. She also works part-time as a freelance ethnographer in marketing.

Caryn Tin Powe Hoo (She/Her)

Caryin’s research explores how tropical islands and island peoples have been discursively and materially constructed as particularly vulnerable—as positioned at the “frontlines of climate change”—in the Anthropocene. More specifically, she investigates how past and present representations of islands rooted in racist ideologies reproduce and uphold global inequalities by shaping knowledge of islands as exotic and fragile places in need of preservation.