Raffles, Hugh


Hugh Raffles
PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
MA in Latin American Studies, University of London
Professor of Anthropology; The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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Areas of Expertise:
Humans and animals; humans and the natural world; nature in Amazonia, East Asia, North America
Hugh Raffles is a cultural anthropologist interested in historical and contemporary relations between humans, the environment, and animals. He has carried out research on these issues in Amazonia, China, Japan, Niger, Iceland, and western Europe. His widely-reviewed recent book, Insectopedia (Pantheon, 2010) was a New York Times Notable Book and received several academic and non-academic prizes. His new book, Still Life, an exploration of relations between people and stone, will be published in 2017. Hugh was the recipient of a 2009 Whiting Writers' Award.
Courses Taught:
  • Different Things
  • Writing and Ethnography
  • Post-Humanist Ethnography
  • Nature
Recent Publications:

“Speaking Up for Mute Swans,” New York Times (2014)

“Foundations,” Cabinet (2014)

Insectopedia (2010)

“Jews, Lice, and History,” Public Culture (2007)

“Cricket Fighting,” Granta (2007); reprinted in The Best American Essays 2008, ed. Adam Gopnik

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