Emma Banks, PhD

Environmental anthropologist with a passion for social justice.

I hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. My research focuses on how marginalized communities reinvent themselves to accommodate extractive capitalism. I have worked with Wayúu and Afro-descendant communities displaced by the Cerrejón Coal Mine in La Guajira, Colombia since 2013. As part of my ongoing commitment to social justice in the region, I am part of a network of solidarity activists that support local movements for a just post-coal future. I have served as a mediator and international delegation coordinator while conducting fieldwork.

I have published articles in Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural System and World EconomiesDialectical Anthropology, and The North American Congress on Latin America. I have received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, Humanities Without Walls, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the Robert Penn Warren Center.    

My pronouns are she/her/hers. 

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