Andrew S. Mathews

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department
AffiliationsLatin American & Latino Studies,
Environmental Studies Department
Phone831-459-2080,
831-429-2080
Email,
FAX831-459-5900
Web Site Home Page
Office325, Social Science 1
Office HoursFriday 12pm-3pm
Campus Mail StopSocial Sciences 1 Faculty Services
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Research Interests

My research focuses on the culture of environmental institutions and the links between local communities and national and global levels of power and knowledge. I recently completing a book on conservation and forest management in Mexico: "Instituting Nature: Authority, Expertise and Power in Mexican Forests, 1926-2001", MIT Press 2011".This book focuses on the history and culture of state forestry institutions and of indigenous forest communities in the state of Oaxaca. In this book I combine theories of statemaking with science and technology studies to argue that the production and management of ignorance are as important as knowledge to the assertion of state power.



In addition to my concern with human/environment relations, I have research and teaching interests in anthropology of bureaucracy and financial markets, anthropology of law and illegality, political ecology, environmental history, landscape history and visual representations of nature, sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies and state building.

Biography, Education and Training

I hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology from the Yale School of Forestry/Yale Anthropology department (2004), a Masters in Forestry from Oxford University (1996), and a BSc. in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds (1991)

Courses Taught

ANTH 130J Statemaking in Latin America
ANTH 194U Senior Seminar in Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 160 States, Bureaucracies and Other Cosmological Propositions
ANTH 4 Communicating Anthropology
ANTH 233 Politics of Nature