Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Dept of Sociology and Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Genese Sodikoff is a cultural anthropologist interested in the political economy of ecological degradation and conservation. She has worked on the theme of labor and rain forest conservation in Madagascar since 1994. Professor Sodikoff also been pursuing the study of extinction, both biotic and cultural, tracing how extinction events play out in popular and political culture, and how they shape perceptions of the future. In her work, Professor Sodikoff, looks at the ways in which the global political economy is evolving toward extinction events, as organizations, corporations, social movements, science, and individuals fixate on revitalizing historical identities and dead life forms. Her newest project in Madagascar centers on the relationship between land degradation and zoonosis in Madagascar. Please read more about the project here:
Professor Sodikoff publications include “Forest and Labor in Madagascar: From Colonial Concession to Global Biosphere” (IUP, 2012). It examines the role of subaltern labor in the creation of Malagasy biodiversity’s global value. Professor Sodikoff also was the editor of the volume “The Anthropology of Extinction: Essays on Culture and Species Death” (IUP 2011). The work places the processes of biotic and cultural extinctions into a common analytic framework.
Areas of Specialization
Cultural anthropology, political economy of ecological degradation and conservation
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