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Paul Nadasdy


Paul Nadasdy

Mcgraw Hall, Room 206

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2001



I have been conducting ethnographic research in Canada’s Yukon Territory since 1995, principally with the people of Kluane First Nation, the indigenous inhabitants of the southwest Yukon. My research has focused on the politics surrounding the production and use of environmental knowledge in wildlife management, land claim negotiations, and other political arenas. Currently, I am conducting a sociocultural analysis of land claim negotiations among the governments of Canada, the Yukon Territory, and the Kluane First Nation. By examining the different cultural assumptions that various participants bring to the negotiating table, the resulting cross-cultural interactions, and how these articulate with the broader political, historical and legal contexts in which the negotiations are embedded, I hope to understand and describe the micro-level mechanisms through which unequal power relations are realized, reinforced, and at times subverted.


Anthropology of North American Indians and the circumpolar North, anthropology of science and knowledge, environmental/ecological anthropology, indigenous-state relations, ethnography of the state, the politics of wildlife management, political economy/ecology, property, territoriality, citizenship, hunting/hunting societies


  • Anthropology

Graduate Fields

  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies


  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future


Fall 2021




    Chapters in Edited Volumes