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» Thomas Thornton
BA Swarthmore College
Role or Position
Senior Associate Research Fellow
My academic training is in social and cultural anthropology. Before coming to Oxford in 2008, I taught at Portland State University, Trinity College, Saint Lawrence University (Global Studies), the University of Alaska, and Beijing Normal University (Fulbright Lectureship). I also worked in government as an environmental resource specialist and as a consultant to Native American tribes.
I am currently Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and Environment and Director of the Environmental Change and Management MSc. In 2008, I was also awarded a Royal Anthropological Institute Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology.
My primary teaching and research interests are in human ecology, adaptation, local and traditional ecological knowledge, conservation, coastal and marine environments, conceptualizations of space and place, and the political ecology of resource management among the indigenous peoples of North America and the circumpolar North. I am currently working projects in Coastal Alaska, Canada, Fennoscandia, and Siberia on various topics, including: herring fisheries, native corporations, parks and protected areas, land use and climate change.
Haa Léelk'w Has Aaní Saax'ú: Our Grandparents' Names on the Land. (Editor) (forthcoming in 2010 from University of Washington Press).
Recent Articles and Chapters:
A Tale of Three Parks: Tlingit Conservation, Representation, and Repatriation in Southeast Alaska's National Parks (2010) Human Organization, 69(2):107-118.
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Updated: Monday 21st June 2010 10:24