Rebecca D Hardin Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Anthropology, 2000, Yale University

M.Phil. History and Anthropology, 1994, Yale University

A.B. Program in Literary and Social Theory, 1988, Brown University


Professor Hardin teaches courses in both SNRE and the Department of Anthropology. Her areas of interest and scientific study include human/wildlife interactions, and social and environmental change related to wildife management, tourism, logging, and mining in Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Congo Brazzaville. Recent projects focus on the increasingly intertwined practices of health, environmental management, and corporate governance in southern and eastern Africa, including sites in South Africa and Kenya. In 2013-14 she advised a student team studying environmental justice cases within the U.S., and connecting them to the international Environmental Justice Atlas. She teaches and mentors students interested in international environmental practice and policy, wildife management, human relationships to landscape, environmental justice, and cultural dimensions of natural resource management. She also provides support for the students who are the genius behind SNRE's weekly environmental talk show, It's Hot in Here, airing at noon on Fridays on WCBN FM 88.3, and with an accompanying blog and mp3 archive. The show helps researchers discuss their work with local audiences interested in environmental policy affecting Michigan, and also reach out to national and transnational audiences streaming the show via the Internet. Her recent book Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge explores the discipline of anthropology as a set of skills and tools for social change in sectors as different as business, biological conservation, conflict resolution, and biomedical care.