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Paul Nadasdy

Associate Professor

Mcgraw Hall, Room 229

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2001



I have been conducting ethnographic research in Canada’s Yukon Territory since 1995, principally with the people of Kluane First Nation, the indigenous inhabitants of the southwest Yukon. My research has focused on the politics surrounding the production and use of environmental knowledge in wildlife management, land claim negotiations, and other political arenas. Currently, I am conducting a sociocultural analysis of land claim negotiations among the governments of Canada, the Yukon Territory, and the Kluane First Nation. By examining the different cultural assumptions that various participants bring to the negotiating table, the resulting cross-cultural interactions, and how these articulate with the broader political, historical and legal contexts in which the negotiations are embedded, I hope to understand and describe the micro-level mechanisms through which unequal power relations are realized, reinforced, and at times subverted.


Anthropology of North American Indians and the circumpolar North Anthropology of science and knowledge Environmental/Ecological Anthropology Indigenous-state relations Ethnography of the state The politics of wildlife management Political economy Property/territoriality/citizenship hunting/hunting societies


  • Anthropology

Graduate Fields

  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies


  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future





    • 2016. First Nations, Citizenship, and Animals, or Why Northern Indigenous People Might Not Want to Live in Zoopolis. Canadian Journal of Political Science 49(1): 1-20.
    • 2007. The Gift in the Animal: The Ontology of Hunting and Human-Animal Sociality.  American Ethnologist 34(1): 25-43. (Republished in Japanese as “Dobutsu ni Hisomu Zoyo.”  In Hito to Doubutsu no Jinruigaku [Anthropology of Human and Animal]. Translated by Shiaki Kondo. K. Okuno, M. Yamaguchi and S. Kondo, eds. Pp. 291-360. Kanagawa, Japan: Shumpusha Publishing, 2012).
    • 2005. The Anti-Politics of TEK: The Institutionalization of Co-management Discourse and Practice. Anthropologica 47(2): 215-232. (Republished in Natural Resources and Aboriginal People in Canada: Readings, Cases and Commentary. R. Bone and R. Anderson, eds. 2nd (revised) edition. York, Ontario: Captus Press, 2009)


    Chapters in Edited Volumes