Tracey Heatherington

Associate Professor
 (414) 229-4893
 Sabin Hall 310

 Curriculum Vita


PhD, Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 2000
MA, Anthropology, McGill University, 1994
BA, (First Class Honours) Anthropology, McGill University, 1990

Courses Taught

Anthro 102 – Introduction to Anthropology: Culture & Society – Syllabus (html)
Anthro 104 – Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Society
Global 201 – Economics and Environment
Anthro 355 – Globalization, Culture and Environment – Syllabus (html)
Anthro 381 – Extinctions (Honors Seminar) – Syllabus (html)
Anthro 441 – Nature, Knowledge and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective –
Syllabus (html)
Anthro 540 – Applications in Anthropology
Global 571 – Justice, Power and the Future of Global Insecurity
Anthro 940 – Modernity, Development and the Global Imagination in Critical Perspective
Anthro 940 – Emergent Landscapes of Power/Knowledge – Syllabus (html)
Anthro 940 – Global Crises, Critical Theory and Engaged Anthropology – Syllabus (html)

Research Narrative

How can we understand different cultural perspectives on human and environmental security? How are new initiatives for conservation and sustainability bound up with particular forms of social imagination, sometimes inadvertently reproducing historical patterns of marginality and structural violence? How do global and regional inequalities shape the future of food systems, water, climate and biodiversity? And how is emerging science and technology incorporated into environmental management? As a cultural anthropologist interested in political ecology, environmentalism and international development, I write and teach about questions like these.

I have done extensive fieldwork to examine the complexities of eco-development on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, and I have also participated in team projects developing models for sustainability in post-socialist Romania, with UWM colleagues and international collaboration. Most recently, I have begun a multi-sited project in Norway, Germany and the U.S., on seed banking and adaptation to climate change.

I am deeply committed to transdisciplinary engagements, including the ecological humanities and creative arts. While my own research projects are primarily centered in European contexts, I frequently work with students whose geographic interests are closer to home, or elsewhere entirely, but who share a passion for the way ethnography can change the way we frame “global” concerns. I welcome students with both applied and theoretical interests.

Other Relevant Activities

Associate Dean, UWM Graduate School
Co-editor, Critical Green Engagements Book Series
Affiliated with UWM Global Studies Program, Conservation & Environmental Sciences Program, Honors College, Women’s Studies, Food Studies Program, and Master of Liberal Studies Program

Selected Publications

Heatherington, T. L. (2017, June). Seeds. Theorizing the Contemporary: Lexicon for An Anthropocene Yet Unseen.
Heatherington, T. L., & Perley, B. C. (2017, May). Fieldnotes From Svalbard: How Global Dreamings Take Root in the Arctic Frontier. EuropeNow, 7.
Heatherington, T. L. (2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). The Seeds Beneath the Snow. A commentary on two films about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. , 17(1), 72-73.
Heatherington, T. L. (2016, June). Nature, Science and Politics in the Anthropocene. Nature+Culture, 11(2), 196–205.
Heatherington, T. L. (2015, December). Nourishing Collaborations. Global Crop Diversity Trust News.
Heatherington, T. L. (2015, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Comments on McKee, Emily. 2015. “Trash Talk: Interpreting Morality and Disorder in Negev/naqab Landscapes”. Current Anthropology, 56(5), 743-744.
Heatherington, T. L. (2014, May). Tasting Cultural Ecology: Foodscapes of Sustainability in the Mediterranean. Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, 14(2), 16-26.
Rose Greenland, F., & Heatherington, T. L. (2014, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Introduction: Norms and Illegality in the Social Margins. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 19(15), 505-513.
Heatherington, T. L. (2010, March). Wild Sardinia: Indigeneity and the Global Dreamtimes of Environmentalism. University of Washington Press.