Assistant Professor of Anthropology



Office: Anthropology Department

Professor Guarasci's scholarship examines the restoration of Iraq's southern marshes during the recent war, concentrating on the period between 2006-2007. Her research analyzes how environmentalism intersected with U.S. wartime strategies in ways that enabled private sector donors to gain a controlling interest over the country's natural resource wealth and immediately jeopardized the lives of Iraqis. Her second research project in Jordan also examines transnational networks, but turns from sanctioned international development and global ecological institutions to investigate pan-Arab bird economies that pre-date contemporary environmentalism but which are condemned by global environmental institutions as illicit trafficking.  Professor Guarasci earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.