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C. Anne Claus Associate Professor Anthropology

Additional Positions at AU
Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Science
PhD Yale University, Anthropology and Environmental Studies

MPhil Yale University, Anthropology and Environmental Studies

MA University of Hawai’i, Environmental Anthropology

BA University of Iowa, Anthropology and Japanese Studies

C. Anne Claus is a cultural anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary seascapes, primarily in Japan. Her academic work investigates how the interplay of international and local discourses of resource stewardship produces sustainable practices and shapes social transformation. Her recent book (fall 2020) is an ethnography of how global environmentalisms are deployed and refashioned in Okinawa, Japan; and she is currently doing research for a multi-sited ethnography of sustainable seafoods. She has also published work on the socio-economic impacts of environmental policies on coastal communities; the political ecology of disasters; and conservation social science. Claus's work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Tropical Resources Institute, and the Council on East Asian Studies. For more information see
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Spring 2024

  • ANTH-440 Contemporary Ethnographies

  • ANTH-603 The Craft of Anthropology III

Fall 2024

  • ANTH-110 Culture and Power

  • ANTH-654 Topics in Environ Anthropology: Anthro of Environ Conservation

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Environmentalisms, nature ideologies, ocean studies, political ecology, post-colonialism, ethnographic writing