Associate Professor of Anthropology; Director, Anthropology Program
Primary Academic Program: Anthropology
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global and International Studies, Science, Technology, and Society
Biography:Yuka Suzuki is an anthropologist with interests in nature and the nonhuman, conservation, science, race, and nationhood. Her first monograph, The Nature of Whiteness: Race, Animals, and Nation in Zimbabwe, was published by the University of Washington Press, and explores how white farmers in western Zimbabwe turned to the environment to legitimize and naturalize their belonging after independence. Professor Suzuki's current project focuses on the politics of vertebrate paleontology, fossil economies, and museums in China and the United States. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Yale University, and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe. Her other publications include articles, chapters, and reviews in Anthropological Forum, Journal of Agrarian Change, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, American Ethnologist, and the edited volumes Where the Wild Things Are Now: Domestication Reconsidered and the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook on Gender: Animals. She is also a core faculty member in Environmental Studies, Africana Studies, Asian Studies, and Global and International Studies.
BA, Cornell University; MPhil, PhD, Yale University. At Bard since 2003.