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Scott Freeman Senior Professorial Lecturer Environment, Development & Health

Scott Freeman
(202) 885-6685 (Office)
SIS | Environment, Development & Health
East Quad Building 202
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PhD Anthropology, Columbia University
EdM, Harvard University

Languages Spoken
Spanish, Haitian Creole
Dr. Scott Freeman is an anthropologist whose work is at the intersection of the anthropology of the environment, critical development studies, and the anthropology of labor in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He conducts ethnographic research with agriculturalists and NGO workers in both countries. He is currently concerned with the bureaucracies of international aid projects, and how bureaucratic and financial procedures in international aid undermine conservation interventions. In the Dominican Republic, he has conducted research on the relationship between NGOs and coffee cooperatives. In Haiti, his research has covered the vetiver essential oil industry and soil conservation. On both sides of the island, Dr. Freeman is interested in understanding reciprocal agricultural labor practices as forms of counter plantation practice. His current work establishes a line of inquiry around aid projects and the regimes of labor that support them. This research examines the aid industry as a market for projects and theorizes the ways in which recipients of aid contribute valuable and uncompensated labor to the production successful projects.

His work has been featured in the Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, World Development, and Chantiers (Haiti). He is the co-editor of "Who Owns Haiti: People, Power, and Sovereignty" (University Press of Florida). He serves on the editorial board of Environment and Society. In 2019, Dr. Freeman was awarded the F. Gunther Eyck Award for dedication and devotion to teaching and students.
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Spring 2024

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Making of Scientific Change

  • SIS-637 International Development

  • SISU-340 Topics in Global Inequalty/Dev: Bureaucracy and Inequality

Fall 2024

  • SIS-637 International Development