Raffles, Hugh

Hugh Raffles

Hugh Raffles
DFES, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies;
MA, University of London, UK;
BA, University of Warwick, UK
Professor of Anthropology

How do we identify and make sense of the complex connections among people, other beings, and “inanimate” phenomena? What imaginative and practical tools do we need? My current work explores these questions through a cultural and historical anthropology of “nature” that focuses primarily on the relationships between humans and other animals.
Courses Taught:
  • Humans, Quasihumans, Nonhumans
  • Workshop in Anthropology
  • Cultural Politics of Nature
  • The Unexpected Lived of Insects
  • Place, Space, and Culture
Recent Publications:
  • Insectopedia. Pantheon Books (2010)
  • "A Conjoined Fate" Orion (2010)
  • "Jews, Lice, and History," Public Culture (2007)
  • "Cricket Fighting," Granta (2007)
  •  "The Language of the Bees: An Interview with Hugh Raffles by Sina Najafi," Cabinet (2007)
  • "Fluvial Intimacies," in Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource, ed. Amita Baviskar (2005)
  • "Towards a Critical Natural History," Antipode (2005)
  • "Jungle" in Patterned Ground: Ecologies of Nature and Culture, ed. Stephan Harrison, Steve Pile, and Nigel Thrift (2004)
  • "Further Reflections on Amazonian Environmental History: Transformations of Rivers and Streams," (with Antoinette WinklerPrins), Latin American Research Review (2003)
  • "Intimate Knowledge," International Social Science Journal (2002)
  • In Amazonia: A Natural History. Princeton University Press (2002)
Office Location:
The New School for Social Research
Anthropology Department
6 E 16th Street, Room 924
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
Tues. 4-7p
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5757 x3025


Research Interests:
Cultural politics of nature; Human-nonhuman relations; Taxonomy and classification; Politics and practice of writing.
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Cultural Anthropology
  • American Ethnological Association
Awards and Honors:
  • 2003 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology
  • 2003 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for In Amazonia.

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