Gordon Ulmer

Assistant Professor - Cultural Anthropology


Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor
Director, Ethnographic Research Lab
Graduate Program Coordinator


I am an applied cultural anthropologist who examines themes of environmental crisis, precarious labor, and public health from the perspective of political ecology. My most recent research in Andes-Amazonia and Central America centers on how polluted waterscapes relate to people’s insecurity, instability, and well-being. Current research interests include: environmental health, illicit economies of labor, polluted waterscapes, ecological embodiment, disposability and precarity, critical discard studies, infrastructures, migration and work, green economies, surfing and public health, the Anthropocene, and urban ecologies.

  • Applied Cultural Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology & Public Health
  • Political Ecology
  • Living in the Anthropocene: Environmental Change & the Human Condition
  • Argonauts of Human Life
  • Anthropology Internship

Ph.D. Anthropology, The Ohio State University
M.A. Anthropology, The Ohio State University
B.A. Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin

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Gordon Ulmer
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