Department of Anthropology

Allison Caine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cultural Anthropology


B.A. Environmental Studies, Bates College, 2007
M.Sc. Social Anthropology, Edinburgh University, 2010
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2019 • Anthropology Bldg

Allison Caine is a cultural anthropologist with a research focus on the environment, climate change, rural health, and wellbeing. She works primarily with Quechua-speaking alpaca herders in southeastern Peru, with ties to sheep ranching in Wyoming. Her research in Peru takes a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to understanding contemporary environmental problems, working in partnership with international and citizen scientists to promote Indigenous data sovereignty and regional conservation efforts. She has also contributed to multidisciplinary research on sociolinguistic history in the Amazon. Her current research program aims to understand Quechua women’s experiences of aging in climate-impacted landscapes, as well as experiences of health and aging in rural/frontier contexts in the United States.
Courses Taught:
ANTH1200                   Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH4310                   Environmental Anthropology
ANTH4350                   Medical Anthropology
ANTH5010                   Theories of Culture and Society

Recent Publications:

2022    Caine, A. “Herding at the Edges: Climate Change and Animal Restlessness in the Peruvian Andes.” Ethnos. (published online)

2022  Arias, L., N. Q. Emlen, S. Norder, N. Julmi, M. Lemus Serrano, T. Chacon, J. Wiegertjes, A. Howard, M. Azevedo, A. Caine, S. Dunn, and R. van Gijn. Interpreting mismatches between linguistic and genetic patterns among speakers of Tanimuka (Eastern Tukanoan) and Yukuna (Arawakan). Interface Focus 20220056.

2022  van Gijn, R., S. Norder, L. Arias Alvis, N. Q. Emlen, M. Azevedo, A. Caine, S. Dunn, A. Howard, N. Julmi, O. Krasnoukhova, M. Stoneking, and J. Wiegertjes. The social life of isolates (and small language families): the case of the Northwest Amazon. Interface Focus 12: 20220054.

2021. Caine, A. ‘Who would watch the animals?’: Gendered knowledge and expert performance among Andean Pastoralists. Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment 43(1), 4-13.


Research Interests:

Climate change, Indigenous ecological knowledge, pastoralism and ranching, multispecies ethnography, migration, health and wellbeing.

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Allison Caine

Assistant Professor

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