As an environmental social scientist who integrates political ecology and anthropology, my research analyzes cultural transformations in ocean science and environmentalism. Crucial to this project is the advancement of equitable environmentalism at local, national, and international scales. I undertake long-term ethnographic research on environmental conservation, primarily related to marine environments, and with fieldwork centered primarily in Japan.

­­­            My research reflects an interdisciplinary, transnational approach to understanding the complex relationships of people to their environments. I graduated from Yale University’s Environmental Studies and Anthropology combined PhD program in 2014, following an M.A. in Ecological Anthropology from the University of Hawai’i and a B.A. in Anthropology and Japanese Studies from the University of Iowa. I began a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at American University in August 2014. My current position reflects my interdisciplinary intellectual interests in research and teaching, and I collaborate with scholars across disciplines as affiliate faculty in Environmental Studies. My work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Tropical Resources Institute, and the Council on East Asian Studies. I have published my research in a range of peer-reviewed outlets, specifically selected to reach diverse audiences in environmental and food studies, anthropology, and conservation practice.

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Contact information
     C. Anne Claus, Ph.D.
     Anthropology Department
     American University
     4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
     Washington DC 20016
     phone +1-202-885-6797
     claus at american.edu