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Pamela McElwee

Professor, Scholar, Environmentalist

Lawrence High School




• Vale University, Forestry & Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Ph.D., 2003

• Vale University, Forestry & Environmental Studies, M. Phil., and Anthropology, M. Phil., 1998 Oxford University, Department of Plant Sciences, Forestry and its Relation to Land Use, M.Sc., 1994

• University of Kansas, Political Science (Environmental Studies minor concentration), B.A., 1992


• Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey 2014

o Affiliated graduate faculty in Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

• Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers, July 2011- July 2014

• Assistant Professor, School of Politics & Global Studies (70%} and School of Sustainability (30%}, Arizona State University, Jan 2006 - May 2011

• Visiting Fellow, Program in Agrarian Studies, Vale University, Fall 2004 - Dec 2005 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University, Spring 2004 Lecturer, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Vale University, Fall 2003



• McElwee, P.O. (2016) Forests are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam. Seattle: Un of Washington Press. 2017 Eur. Assoc. of Southeast Asian Scholars Best Social Science Book winner.

• Cruz-Torres, M.L. and McElwee, P.O., eds. (2012) Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Latin America and Asia. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

• Numerous Articles & Chapters: from 2004 to 2019

• McElwee, P.O. Liamas-Fernandes,A.;Thorpe,M.;Whyte, K., Middleton, B, Reid K., Sy, D. and Moldawer, A. 2019 "Indigenous ecologies" The Oxford Bibliography of Ecology. Oxford: Oxford University Press


• National Science Foundation (NSF}, Geography & Regional Science Division, 2011-15

• US Agency for International Development, National Academy of Sciences and NSF. Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) grant partner, 2012-15

• John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2004-05 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow


• Lead author, ch. 6, Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, UN Intergovernmental)

• Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (PBES), 2016-2019

• Lead author, ch. 6, Climate Change and land: an IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2017-2019

• Thematic Group Leader, Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management, part of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 2016-2020

• Editor, Conservation letters, 2016-now; Associate Editor, Conservation and Society, 2006-now, Co-Editor in Chief Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 2012-2014

Pamela McElwee
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