Christine Folch

Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Co-Director, Amazon Lab, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

I work on water and energy politics amidst the constraints of the Anthropocene. 

My first book Hydropolitics: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America (Princeton University Press, 2019) is an in-depth look at the people and institutions connected with the Itaipu Dam, the world’s biggest producer of renewable energy. In it, I argue that the dam converts water into electricity and money to produce hydropolitics through its physical infrastructure, the financial liquidity of energy monies, and the international legal agreements managing transboundary water resources between Brazil and Paraguay, and their neighbors Argentina, Bolivia, and Uruguay.

My larger research agenda is on environmental ethics and how groups conceptualize and politicize their relationships to nature. As a cultural anthropologist, I am particularly interested in how energy and environmental impacts disproportionately negatively affect marginalized communities.  

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Science and Policy (Nicholas School of the Environment) at Duke University.

Education

  • Ph.D., City University of New York (2012)

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

919-613-1305 

Jul
17
Location: Zoom (register for link)
Time: 11:00 am
Jul
20
Location: Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall 107)
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am