Paul Burow

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FES and Anthropology

I am a student in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Department of Anthropology at Yale University. My work focuses on wildlife conservation, multi-species entanglements, and settler colonialism in North America’s Pacific and Intermountain West. 

I draw upon Glen Coulthard’s notion of “land as a relationship” in which mutual obligations among human peoples and other-than-human beings constitute the land itself. My dissertation project seeks to explore the ways wildlife conservation is imbricated with settler colonialism—as something structurally transformative to these relationships, but also transformed itself in its localized instantiations—and what implications these changes hold for Indigenous peoples and settler society. My theoretical orientation draws from the interdisciplinary fields of environmental anthropology, political ecology, Native American & Indigenous Studies, American Studies, environmental history, and conservation/landscape ecology. 

Keywords: Land, Wildlife Conservation, Multi-species Entanglements, Settler Colonialism, Native North America, Environmental Humanities