Duncan Earle, PhD

Professor, Global Studies

PhD, Anthropology, State University of New York at Albany (1984)

Duncan Earle is a cultural anthropologist with nearly 40 years of experience in teaching and research focused on global development, rural community livelihoods, resilient culture and sustainability. He brings a wealth of insights from his work in U.S. border regions, Mexico, Guatemala and Africa. Earle is also part of a conservation effort to save rainforests and grow the green economy in the Democratic Republic of Congo by giving land stewards a profitable and sustainable alternative to logging and other deforestation drivers.

He is currently studying how wildfire-vulnerable communities—rich and poor—construct risk and prepare (or not) in the face of increasing potential for obliteration and nowhere to go, and will present a paper at the Society of Applied Anthropology annual meeting in 2020.

In addition, he is editor of Middle American Ethnology for the U.S. Library of Congress and one of the scholars who reviews and selects works to be included in the multidisciplinary Handbook of Latin American Studies.

Earle has also taught at Clark University; University of Texas at El Paso, where he directed the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies;Texas A&M University, where he was associate director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development; Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth College.

Earle, D., & Simonelli, J. (2005). Uprising of Hope: Sharing the Zapatista Journey to Alternative Development. Lanham: AltaMira Press.