James Igoe

Professor and Chair


Globalization; biodiversity conservation; development; nature; value(s); spectacle; social movements; East Africa; North America.

Jim Igoe holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University (2000). He has conducted field research on biodiversity conservation, community-based development, and grassroots social movements in Tanzania, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and New Orleans Louisiana. His earlier work focused on conflicts between nature conservation and indigenous and local communities in diverse context. His more recent work concerns the ways in which spectacles of nature connect and disconnect peoples' experiences of their place in the world at diverse and interconnected scales and locales. He is also involved with experimental collaborations dedicated to integrating theory building, applied practice, and public scholarship.

Selected Publications

2013 - Consume, Connect, Conserve: Consumer Spectacle and the Technical Mediation of Neoliberal Conservation's Aesthetic of Redemption and Repair. Human Geography 6 (1):16-28.

2013 - Prosuming Conservation Producing/Consuming Nature and the Material Base of Speculative Capitalism. Journal of Consumer Culture: 1-23. (Co-Author Bram Buscher)

2010 - The Spectacle of Nature in the Global Economy of Appearances Anthropological Engagements with the Spectacular Mediations of Transnational Conservation. Critique of Anthropology 30 (3):375-397

2010 - A Spectacular Eco-Tour Around the Historic Bloc: Theorizing the Convergences of Biodiversity Conservation and Capitalist Expansion. Antipode 30 (3): 486-163. (Co-Author Katja Neves and Dan Brockington)

2017 – The Nature of Spectacle: On Images, Money, and Conserving Capitalism.Tucson: University of Arizona Press.