Cymene Howe

Cymene Howe is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. From human rights to the climatological challenges of the present, her field research has centered on understanding our shared and shifting ethical commitments. From a theoretical point of view, she has been interested in exploring the overlapping conversations between feminist and queer theory, new materialisms, ontologies and social movements, and more specifically, to work toward developing an ecologics of the Anthropocene. Her second, forthcoming book, Ecologics, is based on a collaborative research project (with Dominic Boyer) in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Oaxaca, Mexico) and focuses on renewable energy projects and their political and social contingencies.

Selected publications

N.D.        Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene. Forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

N.D.        Energic Activism and Autonomista Politics: Responding to Green Capitalism in the Era of Energy Transition. With Boyer, D. In Ecological Resistance Movements II. Taylor, B., Münster, U. and Witt, J. (eds.).

2015      Introduction: Energy, Transition and Climate Change in Latin America. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. Special Issue, Energy, Transition and Climate Change in Latin America.

2015      Los márgenes del Estado al viento: autonomía y desarrollo de energías renovables en el sur de México. With Barrera, E. & Boyer, D. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. Special Issue, Energy, Transition and Climate Change in Latin America.

2014      Anthropocenic Ecoauthority: The Winds of Oaxaca. Special Issue, Energopower and Biopower in Transition. Anthropological Quarterly 87(2):381-404.

2014      Grids. In Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics. Szeman, I. (ed.). New York: Fordham University Press.

2013      Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

2007      21st Century Sexualities: Contemporary Issues in Health, Education and Rights. With Herdt, G. (ed.). London: Routledge.