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Peter Little

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(401) 456-2839

Academic Background

Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2010
M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2005
B.A., Binghamton University, 2003

Courses Taught

First Year Seminar: Dynamics of Disaster
First Year Seminar: Waste Matters
ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 343: Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 309: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 347: Environmental Justice
ANTH 460: Seminar in Anthropology (Senior Capstone)
ENST 200: Environmental Studies

Research Interests

Dr. Little's research is focused largely on environmental and medical anthropology, with a strong focus on environmental health and political ecology. Fascinated by the complexities of human-environment relations, as well as human dimensions of ecology and economy, Dr. Little has published on the social, political, and health dimensions of industrial pollution, and finds inspiration from the growing connections between anthropology, environmental studies, disaster studies, science and technology studies, and environmental justice activism. He is author of Toxic Town: IBM, Pollution, and Industrial Risks (2014, New York University Press). Link to book:Outside Link

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Political Ecology, Social Theory, Industrial Pollution, Environmental Health Conflicts, Electronic Waste, Ghana​

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. Burning to Live: Global Electronic Waste and Pyropolitics in Ghana. New York and London: Oxford University Press.

2018. (with Grace Akese) "Electronic Waste and the Environmental Justice Challenge in Agbogbloshie." Environmental Justice

2018​. Corporate Mortality Files and Late Industrial Necropolitics. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.​

2017 "Global Electronic Waste, Third Party Certification Standards, and Resisting the Undoing of Environmental Justice Politics." Human Organization 76(3):204-214.

2016. "On the Micropolitics and Edges of Survival in a Technocapital Sacrifice Zone." Capitalism, Nature, Socialism

2016. "Measuring Vapor Intrusion: From Source Science Politics to a Transdisciplinary Approach." Environmental Sociology

2016. "New Toxics Uncertainty and the Complexity Politics of Emerging Vapor Intrusion Risk” A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health, Edited by Merrill Singer ed., Wiley-Blackwell

2015 “Sustainability Science and Education in the Neoliberal Ecoprison”, Environmental Education Research 21(3):365-377.

2013. Envisioning the Political Ecology of Mitigation in a Miicroelectronic Disaster Setting. Journal of Political Ecology 20(13): 217-237.

2013. Vapor Intrusion: The Political Ecology of an Emerging Environmental Health Concern. Human Organization 72(2): 121-131.

2012. Another Angle on Pollution Experience: Toward an Anthropology of the Emotional Ecology of Risk Mitigation. Ethos 40(4): 431-452.

2012. Environmental Justice Discomfort and Disconnect in IBM’s Tainted Birthplace: A Micropolitical Ecology Perspective. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 23(2): 92-109.

2009. Negotiating Community Engagement and Science in the Federal Environmental Public Health Sector. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 23(2): 94-118. ​​​​​

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