George Mason University

Crate, Susan

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Environmental Science and Policy; George Mason University.

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Susan A. Crate is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in environmental and cognitive anthropology. She has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988 investigating change, with a focus since 2005 on how communities are perceiving, understanding and adapting to climate change. This research agenda has also expanded Crate’s work to arctic Canada, Peru, Wales, Kiribati, Mongolia and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. In addition to the ethnographies she facilitates in these various world regions, Crate also engages in creating community-based narratives on climate change to empower and usher in positive social change, an effort inspired in part by her role in The Anthropologist, a full-length documentary that takes an anthropological approach to climate change. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, one monograph, Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability (AltaMira Press 2006), and she is lead editor of two volumes, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions (Left Coast Press, Inc. 2009), and, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations (Routledge 2016). Among her service past and present, most notably she served on the American Anthropology Association’s Task Force on Climate Change (2011-2014) and presently is a lead author on the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (2017-2019). Her current research project, Engaging Longitudinal Ethnography in Circumpolar Russia to Track Unprecedented Change, Facilitate Community Collaborative Research and Bolster Adaptive Response into the Future (2018-2020) is supported by a Royal Anthropological Institute / British Museum Urgent Anthropology fellowship. She is a full Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.