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Rachel Odhner


Rachel Odhner is a PhD student in cultural anthropology. Broadly speaking, Rachel is interested in environmental anthropology and human-environment relationships, especially in the context of smallholder agriculture in rural Latin America.

Prior to beginning graduate school, she spent four years farming and working in the Andes, and then working on food security project in Central America. Her dissertation research examines climate change adaptation interventions, changing water and agricultural practices, and the broader politics of water scarcity among smallholder farmers in Nicaragua. She will explore how farmers, scientists, and development actors negotiate different forms of knowledge and notions of nature amid changing environments and sociopolitical landscapes.

Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Rochester in 2010. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Fulbright U.S. Student program.    



environment; agriculture; water


  • Anthropology