Stefanie Graeter SHC Post-doctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
Also affiliated with the Department of Anthropology.
Stefanie Graeter’s work examines the knowledge and politics of environmental contamination, human health, and mineral extraction in Peru. Her dissertation focused on the heavy metal lead, a lucrative product and toxic byproduct of mining, which became emblematic for the fraught moral disagreements over Peruvian neoliberal extractivism. This project drew from eighteen months of ethnographic research with community leaders, affected residents and workers, Catholic environmental scientists, NGOs, and corporate and state representatives. Currently, she is developing her book manuscript, Mineral Incorporations, which discusses the political possibilities and limits of environmentalism and human rights in Peru. The analysis highlights how lead exposure science translated local moral injustices of poverty and illness into evidentiary claims that offered newfound political recognition and material opportunities. The text also negotiates the various impasses which have hindered the scientific and political legitimacy of impacted citizens and their advocates within neoliberal economic governance, models of corporate social responsibility, and entrenched networks of corruption.
Stefanie teaches two courses in the Department of Anthropology and Science in Human Culture. “Ecology, Environment, Nature” (Winter) examines anthropological concepts of human-nonhuman milieus in historical and political context. “Toxicity, Knowledge, Politics” takes a look at global contestations over toxicity, scientific knowledge, and the valuation of human life.