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James J.A. Blair

Rooted in cultural and environmental anthropology, as well as human geography, James J. A. Blair’s research employs ethnographic and historical methods to advance the interdisciplinary fields of political ecology, science, technology and society (STS), and settler colonial studies. His work centers on energy, environment and sovereignty in South America and the South Atlantic, particularly conflicts over hydroelectric dams and mining in Chile, as well as offshore oil in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). In addition to his public and applied research, Blair has professional experience in global environmental policy, as an International Advocate for NRDC, as well as Land Agency Coordinator for Sierra Club.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Latin America Project Consultancy Contract, 2019-2020
  • Mellon/ACLS, Public Fellowship, appointed as International Campaign Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), $140,000, 2017-2019
  • Anthropology and Environment Society, Next Generation Award, $250, 2016
  • National Science Foundation, SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant $17,703 (co-funded by the Cultural Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) programs), 2014-15
  • Fulbright-IIE, All-Disciplines Postgraduate Award to United Kingdom, £12,000, 2014-15
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, $20,000, 2013-2014
  • Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), Governing Global Production subfield, $5,000, 2012

Selected Publications:



B.A., History, Philosophy and Latin American Studies, Boston College

M.Phil. & Ph.D., Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York


English, Spanish (fluent reading, speaking and writing; trained in media communication)

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