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Stephanie C. Kane

GISB 1001, (812) 855-0896

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1986
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1981
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1972

Region(s) of Interest

  • South, Central and North America
  • Global Port Cities

Research Topics

  • Political ecology/cultural politics of water
  • Ethnography of infrastructure (flood control)
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Creative non-fiction writing bridging science, social science and the humanities

Research Summary

I do research on the political ecology of water and ice. From port cities of Brazil, Argentina and Singapore to the Canadian Arctic and subarctic, my ethnography explores the way river and coastal city inhabitants embed themselves into the planetary crust and negotiate water disasters (flooding, pollution, dispossession).  My non-fiction creative writing brings geoscience, engineering, law, social life and art into conversation to highlight social justice and environmental justice.

Representative Publications


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • 2018 Where Sheets of Water Intersect: Infrastructural Logistics and Sensibilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In, "Territory beyond Terra" K. Peters, P. Steinberg and E. Stratford, Eds. Forthcoming 2018.
  • 2018 Engineering an Island City-State: A 3D Ethnographic Comparison of the Singapore River and Orchard Road. In, “Rivers of the Anthropocene,” J. Kelly et al., Eds. University of California Berkeley Press. Forthcoming Dec 2017.
  • 2018 (with C. Aporta and A. Chircop) Shipping corridors through the Inuit homeland. Limn (forthcoming)
  • 2017 Enclave Ecology: Hardening the Land-Sea Edge to Provide Freshwater in Singapore’s Hydrohub. Human Organization 76 (1):82-95.
  • 2016 Reestablishing the Fundamental Bases for Environmental Health: Infrastructure and the Socio-topographies of Surviving Seismic Disaster. Pp. 348-72. In, A Companion to Environmental Health: Anthropological Perspectives. M. Singer, Ed. Malden MA: John Wiley and Sons.
  • 2015 Bird Names and Folklore from the Emberá (Chocó) in Darién, Panamá. Ethnobiological Letters 6(1): 32-62.
  • 2015 (with M. Williams, J. Zalasiewicz et al.) Humans as the Third Evolutionary Stage of Biosphere Engineering of Rivers. Anthropocene 7: 57-63.
  • 2015 (with E. Medina and D.M. Michler) Infrastructural Drift in Seismic Cities: Chile, Pacific Rim, 27 February, 2010. Social Text 33(1) (#122): 71-92.
  • 2014 (with H. Klein). Gringo/a as a Sociolinguistic Fractal. Ethnologies 35 (1): 3-2
  • 2013 Environmental Decision-Making in the Argentine Delta. Pp. 77-101. In, Comparative Decision Making. P. Crowley and T. Zentall, Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2013 Coastal Conflict: Implementing Environmental Law in Salvador da Bahia. Pp. 379-393. In, Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology. N. South and A. Brisman, Eds. New York: Routledge.
  • 2012 Water Security in Buenos Aires and the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway. Human Organization 71(2): 211-221.
  • 2012 The Art of Torture and the Place of Execution: A Forensic Narrative. Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) 35(1):53-76.

External Links

Images of The Emberá (Chocó) of Darién, Panama: The Stephanie C. Kane Collection

The Unconventional Methods of Cultural Criminology. Sage video.