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Anne M. Rademacher

Associate Professor of Anthropology , Environmental Studies

Ph.D. 2005(Anthropology and Environmental Studies), Yale University; M.E.S. 1998 (Environmental Studies), Yale University; B.A. 1992 (History), Carleton College.





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Environmental anthropology; modern ecology and statemaking; sustainable design in urban settings; urban ecology; NYUrban Greening Lab


Anne Rademacher's research explores the political and cultural dimensions of sustainability in cities. Through ethnographic analyses of urban environmental change, Anne studies the contested histories and ideologies of belonging that develop in struggles over the form, content, and quality of urban environments. Her lens is urban ecology – its scientific contours, its application across cultural and political contexts, and its interconnection with social change. Her books include Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu (Duke University Press 2011), and Ecologies of Urbanism in India: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability (Hong Kong University Press 2013). Current work includes an ethnography of green architects in Mumbai (forthcoming 2018), and a new volume with K. Sivaramakrishnan titled, Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature: Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia, forthcoming in 2017.

2017. Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism.
Co-edited with K. Sivaramakrishnan. Hong Kong University Press.

Forthcoming, 2017. Building Green: Environmental Architects and the Struggle for Sustainability in Mumbai. University of California Press.

2013. Ecologies of Urbanism in India: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability. Co-edited with K. Sivaramakrishnan. Hong Kong University Press.

2011. Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu. Duke University Press. Summer 2011.

2011. “Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai.” With Nikhil Anand. Antipode 43.

2010. “Restoration and Revival: Remembering the Bagmati Civilization,” In Guneratne, Arjun (ed). Symbolic Ecologies: Nature and Society in the Himalaya. New York: Routledge.

2009. “When is Housing an Environmental Problem? Reforming Informality in Kathmandu.” Current Anthropology. PDF

2009. “Marking Remembrance: Nation and Ecology in Two Riverbank Pillars in Kathmandu.” In Walkowitz, Daniel and Lisa Maya Knauer (eds). Narrating the Nation in Public Spaces: Memory, Race, and Empire. Duke University Press.

2008. “Fluid City, Solid State: Urban Environmental Territory in a State of Emergency.” City and Society 20(1). PDF

2008. “The Rural in the Urban: Human Settlements, River Territories and a Contingent State in Kathmandu.” In Social Sciences in a Multicultural World: Proceedings of the International Conference Held on 11-13 December 2006, Kathmandu. SASON/NCCR (Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research): Kathmandu. Pp. 367-374.

2008. “The Concept of Human Agency in Contemporary Conservation and Development Discourses,” with Michael R. Dove, Andrew Mathews, Jonathan Padwe, and Keely Maxwell. In McCay, Bonnie, Susan Lees, and Paige West (eds). Against the Grain: The Vayda Tradition in Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology. Rowan and Littlefield.

Updated on 03/15/2017