Kristina Lyons

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentFeminist Studies Department
AffiliationsAnthropology Department,
Science & Justice Research Center,
Latin American & Latino Studies
Web Site Can There Be Peace with Poison? Puede Haber Paz con Veneno?
Fresh Leaves
Engagement as Life Politics in the Colombian Amazon Publications
Soils and Peace: Imagining Dialogues between Soil Scientists and Farmers in Colombia
OfficeFeminist Studies Department,
Hum 1- 341
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
MailFMST UC Santa Cruz 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Kristina Lyons

Research Interests

Feminist, postcolonial and decolonial interfaces with science studies, environmental humanities, politics of 'nature' and 'matter', ethnographic theory, literary ethnography and ecopoetics, politics and the political in Latin America, socioecological justice, sociocultural anthropology  

Selected Publications

 2016      “Decomposition as Life Politics: Soils, Selva, and Small Farmers under the Gun of the U.S.-          Colombia War on Drugs”. Cultural     Anthropology 31(1): 55-80.

2014     “Soil Science, Development and the ‘Elusive Nature’ of Colombia’s Amazonian Plains”. Special Issue on Nature, Infrastructure and the State in Latin America, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 19(2): 212-236.

2008     “Emergent Forms of Death- WARNING: Highly Toxic Experiments”.  Pensamiento Jurídico [Legal  Thought] 22: 95-133. Bogota:   National University of Colombia.

2007     “Understanding and Writing the World: Upon Traveling to Nosara” in Arts Based Research in Education: Foundations for Practice, edited by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund, pg. 79-82  New York:  Routledge.


Courses Taught

The Politics of Matter and the Matter of Politics
Decoloniality, Feminism & Science Studies
Anthropology and its Interfaces with Feminist, Postcolonial and Decolonial STS