Much of my teaching has a regional focus on the circumpolar North and on the anthropology of the Arctic and North Atlantic, but I explore more global issues of concern to anthropology as well. I am interested in how people maintain viable lifestyles, livelihoods and homes, and how they nurture human-environment relations, especially in the face of multiple threats, challenges and opportunities. In my teaching, I examine social and cultural resilience, identity and place from the perspective of anthropology and political ecology, exploring the relationship between politics, culture, institutions, and the environment. I have supervised MA and PhD students who have carried out extensive research in many parts of Canada (in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut), in north, west, south, and east Greenland, in Iceland, Scotland, Finland, Russia, Ethiopia and Japan. I welcome informal enquiries from potential graduate students whose interests coincide with my own.

Current Courses:

  1. ANTH 487/587: The Circumpolar North and Global Change