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Anthropology|Department of

Adam Henne

Assistant Professor

International Studies and Anthropology

B.A. 1997, Drew University
Ph.D. 2008, University of Georgia • 766-4188 • Ross Hall 231

   Dr. Henne recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2008. He is a cultural anthropologist with a joint appointment in International Studies and specializes in Latin American issues.

   Dr. Henne did his fieldwork in Chile with environmentalists, foresters, scientists, loggers, and labor and indigenous activist. His dissertation was titled "Making Good Wood: Technologies of Value and the Forest Stewardship Council in Chile." The Forest Stewardship Council is an international NGO that supports sustainable forestry through third-party certification - they provide the green seal of approval for 'good wood.' It's a values-based market incentive system, not unlike organic food or Fair Trade coffee. The question is, how do they decide what makes 'good' forestry? That standard is negotiated by people with competing interests and unequal access to resources, who also come to the table with very different ideas about what kinds of knowledge are appropriate for managing forests - or even what a 'forest' is.
   In the near future, Dr. Henne is planning to develop a few new projects. First is an expansion of the research on FSC-Chile to consider the practices and discourses at work in FSC-international's certification networks. Second, he is working on a study about Chile's alerce and araucaria trees, two ancient species often described as Chile's "millenial heritage." How do travel narratives, scientific writing, and environmentalist discourses work to claim a relationship between the ancient trees and the relatively young Chilean nation? Finally, Dr. Henne has a lot of unrealized and unformed ideas about wolves in Wyoming, and hopes to design a project investigating wolves, regulatory politics, and "caring at a distance."


Courses Taught:

ANTH 3300  Ethnographic Methods pdf

INST 4990   Ethical Trade in Latin America pdf

Recent/ Selected Publications:

Drew, Joshua and Adam Henne. 2006. Conservation biology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Integrating academic disciplines for better conservation practice. Ecology and Society 11(2). website  pdf

Henne, Adam. 2008. "Nature spent a night in the Tombs: Environmental justice and community gardens in New York City," in Gardening and dwelling: The pragmatics and aesthetics of homegardens. Serena Heckler, ed. London: Berghahn Books.


Henne, Adam. 2007. "La vida social de la madera: Cultura, poder, y certificacin forestal," in Sociedad y cultura: Reflexiones transdisciplinarias. Rodrigo Browne, ed. Editorial Universidad Austral de Chile.


Henne, Adam. 2007. Quetzals, Quakers and tourists. Review of Luis Vivanco's Green encounters: Shaping and contesting environmentalism in rural Costa Rica (Berghahn Books, 2006). H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online. website


Henne, Adam. 2007. "Murray Bookchin," and "Community gardens," in Encyclopedia of environment and society. Paul Robbins, ed. SAGE Press.  pdf pdf

Research Interests:

Political ecology, Chile and South America, Indigenous movements, Fair Trade and green or ethical consumption, the social construction of nature, culture and natural resource management


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