Johnathan Favini

PhD Candidate, Post-field

  • B.A. in International Affairs, Lafayette College, 2014
  • M.A. in Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2017


Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies, Race, Indigeneity, Jamaica, The US

I am a sociocultural anthropologist whose research addresses the intersections of race, Indigeneity, and the environment. Broadly, my work connects two complex social phenomena—the plantation and climate change. I explore how the material and cultural transformations wrought by European conquest of the Americas shape contemporary environments and social life, including prevailing scientific frameworks. My dissertation centers on a movement to stop bauxite mining led primary by conservationist and Maroons in Jamaica. I have also undertaken community engaged fieldwork in Virginia on natural gas infrastructure and am building toward a second project on “rights of nature” statutes in the US Rustbelt.

Selected Publications



2020    We Need Ecosocialism to Stop the Next Pandemic. The Trouble. July 24.

2020    Zombie Knowledge: Toward a Deeper Conversation between Black Studies and Multispecies Anthropology, Platypus: The CASTAC Blog, July 14.

2020    What if Competition Isn’t As “Natural” As We Think? Slate, January 23rd,


2018. Caring for Nature: Anonymity, Conservation, and Jamaican Maroons, Social and Economic Analyses: The Social Science Journal of the University of the West Indes 67, 1: 7-31