OCTOBER 21, 2014
About Our Team
Our Team
Former Researcher
Doug Bird
Doug Bird works on resource use ecology, ethnoarchaeology and questions surrounding livelihoods and land use in Australia and Western North America. His research focuses on understanding factors that influence variability in resource use practices among people that rely heavily on foraging. He studies the dynamic relationships between subsistence decisions, social relationships, their material signatures and conservation consequences. Currently, Doug is co-director of a long-term collaborative project with indigenous communities in Australia's Western Desert, investigating contemporary and pre-colonial land use, fire treatment, hunting decisions, and their implications for spatial and temporal diversity in domestic and biotic organization.
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Rebecca Bliege Bird
Rebecca Bliege Bird, Associate Professor, is an ecological anthropologist with research interests in the socioecology of production, the gender division of labor in hunting and gathering, cooperation, costly signaling, indigenous conservation/land management, and fire ecology. She draws on theory, models, and methods from behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and evolutionary ecology to answer questions about how local social contexts influence economic decision-making and how such decisions impact local ecological environments. She is particularly interested in how individuals solve the collective action problems inherent in common property land tenure regimes. Her current research project among Martu in the Western Desert of Australia is a broadly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach involving indigenous communities, graduate students, and other researchers at Stanford and other institutions to understand the dynamic relationship between fire, landscapes, foraging, and social organization.
Matthew Booker
Matthew Booker is the principal investigator for the Between the Tides project. He was a Visiting Professor in the Spatial History Lab from 2008-2009 and continues his involvement as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. The Between the Tides project aims to reveal, visualize, and analyze the changing relationship between society and nature on San Francisco Bay's dynamic tidal margin. Professor Booker has been working on this project since spring 2008.
Dan Edelstein
Dan Edelstein is an associate professor of French at Stanford University, whose primary area of research is the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. He is also a PI on the Mapping the Republic of Letters project at Stanford. At the Lab, he will be working on mapping and analyzing early-modern correspondence networks.
Michael Kahan
Michael Kahan is the Associate Director of Urban Studies at Stanford University and is the principal investigator for the Mapping Vice in Early Twentieth-Century Philadelphia project.
Matthew Kohrman
Matthew Kohrman joined Stanford's faculty in 1999. His research and writing bring anthropological methods to bear on the ways health, culture, and politics are interrelated. Focusing on the People's Republic of China, he engages various intellectual terrains such as governmentality, gender theory, political economy, critical science studies, narrativity, and embodiment. His first monograph, Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China, examines links between the emergence of a state-sponsored disability-advocacy organization and the lives of Chinese men who have trouble walking. In fall 2003, Prof. Kohrman launched a new research project aimed at analyzing and intervening in the biopolitics of cigarette smoking among Chinese citizens. Underwritten by a U.S. National Cancer Institute Career Development Award, this project expands upon analytical themes of Prof. Kohrman's disability research and engages in novel ways techniques of public health. He is now working on a new monograph tentatively entitled Clouds: Making Life and Death in China's Cigarette Market.
Martin Lewis
Martin W. Lewis is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University, where he teaches global historical and regional geography, contemporary geopolitics, and the history of Southeast Asia. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979, and a PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. His recent research focuses on the history of geographical ideas, especially those pertaining to the division of the world. He is the author of Wagering the Land: Ritual, Capital, and Environmental Degradation in the Cordillera of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986 (University of California Press) and of Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism (Duke University Press), and the co-author of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (University of California Press) and Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (Prentice Hall). He also blogs about geographical topics, particularly those that are in the news, at
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