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Dr. Lisa Gezon

Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology








Ph.D. 1995   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Anthropology).  Dissertation title: "The Political Ecology of Conflict and Control in Ankarana, Madagascar." (Dissertation committee:  C. Kottak, chair; B. Mannheim, R. Rappaport, H. Wright, I. Perfecto).

M.A.  1991   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Anthropology).

B.A.   1988   Albion College; Albion, MI (Major: Anthropology; Concentration: Public Policy Studies at the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy; Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).



Recent Publications

Gezon, Lisa L. (in press) Conclusion: Why Gender Matters, Why Women Matter. In Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America. Maria Luz Cruz-Torres and Pamela McElwee, eds. The University of Arizona Press.    

Gezon, Lisa and Conrad Kottak (2011) Culture. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Gezon, Lisa L. (2010) Multi-sited ethnography: combining analysis at different scales. In Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design. Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani, Editors. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 238-265.

Gezon, Lisa L. (2010) “Leaf of Paradise or Aid to Terrorism?: Cultural Constructions of a Drug Called Khat” In E. P. Durrenberger and S. Erem, eds. Paradigms for Anthropology: An Ethnographic Reader. Denver. Paradigm Publishers.

Carrier, Neil and Lisa Gezon (2009) Khat in the Western Indian Ocean: Regional Linkages and Disjunctures. Etudes Océan Indien 42-43: pp. 1-27.

Gezon, Lisa L. and Alex Totomarovario (2008) Encountering the Unexpected: Appropriating the Roles of Researcher, Teacher, and Advocate in a Drug Study in Madagascar. Practicing Anthropology 30(3): 42-45.

Gezon, Lisa L. (2007) Commodity Chains and Land Use in Northern Madagascar. Final Report to the National Science Foundation, Award 0318640.

Paulson, Susan and Lisa L. Gezon, eds. (2006) Political Ecology, Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups. Rutgers University Press.

Gezon, Lisa L., Sean Sweeny, Glen Green, Benjamin Z. Freed (2005) Forest Loss and Commodity Chains in Northern Madagascar. Final Report to the National Geographic Society, Grant Number 7413.03.

Gezon, Lisa L. and Susan Paulson, eds. (2003) “Locating the Political in Political Ecology” Human Organization 62(3). Guested edited special issue. 

Paulson, Susan, Lisa L. Gezon, and Michael Watts (2003) “Locating the Political in Political Ecology: An Introduction.” Human Organization 62(3): 205-217.

Gezon, Lisa L. (2003) “The Regional Approach in Northern Madagascar: Conservation after the Integrated Conservation and Development Project.” In Contested Nature: Power, Protected Areas and the Dispossessed–Promoting International Conservation with Justice in the 21 st Century. Eds, S.R. Brechin, P. R. Wilshusen, C. Fortwangler, and P. C. West. SUNY Press. Pp. 183-194.

Kottak, Conrad P. (Colwell, John, Gezon, Lisa, Green, Glen, Rokotoarisoa, Jean, Sussman, Robert, Verin, Pierre) (1994) "Final Report of the CIESEN Pilot Project: An Integrated Approach to Deforestation, Conservation, and Development in Madagascar Using Satellite Images."

Gezon, Lisa L. 2002. Marriage, Kin, and Compensation: A Socio-Political Ecology of Gender in Ankarana, Madagascar. Anthropological Quarterly 75(4): 675-706.

Gezon, Lisa L. (2000) The Changing Face of NGOs: Structure and Communitas in Malagasy Conservation and Development. Urban Anthropology andStudies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 29(2): 181-215. 

Gezon, Lisa L. (2000) "Women, Politics and Economics: Case studies from the Ankarana Region" Taloha 13: 239-260, a journal published in Madagascar, guest edited by Sarah Fee. 

Gezon, Lisa L. and Benjamin Z. Freed. (1999) “Agroforestry and Conservation in Northern Madagascar: Hopes and Hindrances.” African Studies Quarterly 3(2). Included in a volume guest edited by R. Marcus and C. Kull entitled “The Politics of Conservation in Madagascar.” 

Gezon, Lisa L. (1999) “Of Shrimps and Spirit Possession: Toward a Political Ecology of Resource Management in Northern Madagascar.” American Anthropologist 101(1): 58-67. 

Gezon, Lisa L. (1999) “From Adversary to Son: Political and Ecological Process in Northern Madagascar.” Journal of Anthropological Research 55: 71-97. 

Gezon, Lisa L. (1997) "Institutional Structure and the Effectiveness of Integrated Conservation and Development Projects: Case Study from Madagascar." Human Organization 56(4): 462-470. 

Gezon, Lisa (1997) Book Review Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issues and Local Experiences Rocheleau, D., Thomas-Slayter, B., and Wangari, E., eds. American Anthropologist 99(3): 644. 

Gezon, Lisa L. (1997) "Political Ecology and Conflict in Ankarana, Madagascar." Ethnology 36(2): 85-100. 

Gezon, Lisa L. (1995) "Analysis of the framework of natural management institutions in Madagascar." Report submitted to the UNDP/GEF. 

Gezon, Lisa L. (1995) "Rapport sur les lecons tires des projets de conservation de la biodiversite a Madagascar (Report on lessons learned from biodiversity conservation projects in Madagascar)." Report submitted to the UNDP/GEF. 

Kottak, L. Gezon and G. Green. (1994) "Deforestation and biodiversity preservation in Madagascar: The view from above and below."  

Kottak, Conrad P. (with John Colwell; Lisa Gezon; Glen Green; Jean Rokotoarisoa; Robert Sussman; Pierre Verin) (1994) "Final Report of the CIESEN Pilot Project: An Integrated Approach to Deforestation, Conservation, and Development in Madagascar Using Satellite Images."