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Michael Hathaway


Associate Professor of Anthropology

PhD & MA (Anthropology) University of Michigan

Email: michael_hathaway@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-8401
Office: AQ 5073

Research Interests

China, Social Studies of Science, Globalization, Indigeneity, Postcolonial Theory, History and Anthropology, Social Movements (Indigenous, Social Justice and Environmental), Gender Studies, Critical Studies of Development, Critical Studies of Race and Racial Formation

Dr. Michael Hathaway, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Associate Member of the School for International Studies, received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007). His first research project examined global environmentalism and the politics of indigeneity. This research was based on multi-sited fieldwork in rural and urban Southwest China. It explored how local residents, Chinese scientists and expatriate conservationists forge new constellations of meanings, practices, and forms of governance in contemporary China. This work examines changing understandings of nature, social categories, and power. It was published as Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013).

Dr. Hathaway's current ethnographic project examines issues of globalization, commodification, and the making of transnational science through a study of a newly created global commodity, the matsutake mushroom. With funding by the Toyota Foundation (Japan), Social Science Research Council (US), American Council of Learned Societies (US) and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), this project is carried out by a collaborative team of researchers based in Canada and the US. They are tracing the social worlds fostered by this high-value wild mushroom in diverse social and physical settings such as British Columbia, the US Pacific Northwest, Northern Japan, and Southwest China.

Dr. Hathaway’s teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses on advanced social theory, critical studies of race and ethnicity, the anthropology of science, indigenous social movements and an introduction to cultural anthropology. 

Curriculum vitae (April 2014)

Recent Publications

Recent publications:

 2014     “Transnational Matsutake Governance: Endangered Species, Contamination, and the                 
                Reemergence of Global Commodity Chains” for Mapping Shangri-la: Nature, Personhood and
                Polity in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands
. Edited by Chris Coggins and Emily Yeh. Seattle:
                University of Washington Press, 153-173.

 2013      Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China. Berkeley: University of California

2012       The Politics of Making Biocultural Diversity in China. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives: 37-41. 

2011       Preliminary Observations on Matsutake Worlds in Yunnan. Edible Fungi of China 30
                (Supplement): 114-117. [Also translated into Chinese].

2011       “The Rise and Fall of the Indigenous in Southwest China.” In Anthropology of Extinction:
                A View to Life on the Brink
. Genese Sodikoff, Editor. Bloomington: Indiana University Press,

2010       “The Emergence of Indigeneity: Public Intellectuals and an Indigenous Space in Southwest
                China.” Cultural Anthropology. 25(2): 301-333.

 2010       “Global Environmental Encounters in Southwest China: Fleeting Intersections and
                 ‘Transnational Work’.” The Journal of Asian Studies. 69(2): 427-451.

2009       “Postcolonial Science Studies and the Making of Matsutake Science in China.”
                 American Ethnologist.
36(2): 393-397.

                 Reprinted in: Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader. 2011. Jeffrey Sluka and
                 Ton Robben, eds.  (Malden: Blackwell Publishing).

2009        Co-author of chapter, “Strong Collaboration as a Method for Multi-sited Ethnography: On
                 Mychorrizal Relations” by the Matsutake Worlds Research Group (Timothy Choy, Lieba Faier,
                 Michael Hathaway, Miyako  Inoue, Shiho Satsuka and Anna Tsing) In Multi-sited Ethnography:
                 Theory, Praxis, and Locality in Contemporary Social Research
. Mark-Anthony Falzon, Editor.
                 New York: Routledge, 197-214

Current Research Grants

Project: Matsutake Worlds
Funding: Toyota Foundation
Involvement: Co-Investigator
Institution of Co-Investigator(s): Tim Choy (University of California, Davis), Lieba Faier (University of California, Los Angeles), Miyako Inoue (Stanford University), Shiho Satsuka (University of Toronto), Anna Tsing (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Project: The Emergence of Indigenous Knowledge: Gender, Generation, and Markets in China
Funding: SSHRC
Involvement: Principal Investigator

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