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).
Professor of Anthropology, University of West Georgia (2007-present)
Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of West Georgia (Fall 2003-2009)
Associate Professor, State University of West Georgia (Fall 2001-present)
Assistant Professor, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA (Fall 1996 to present). Teaching, as of Spring 2001: Introduction to Anthropology (four fields), Language and Culture, History of Anthropological Thought, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Cultural Ecology, Human Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Introduction to Environmental Studies (team-taught with a biologist, chemist, and a geologist), What do You Really Know about Africa (team-taught with a historian), Environmental Anthropology: Local and Global Perspectives, Case Studies in Sociocultural Anthropology.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI (Spring 1996). Taught: Anthropology of Women, Anthropological Perspectives in Ecology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI (Fall 1995).
Research Fellow, NASA, Fellow in Global Change Research (1992-95).
Research Assistant, CIESIN, under the guidance of Prof. Conrad Kottak (9/91-5/92).
Research Fellow, PEDP, under the guidance of Prof. Conrad Kottak (9/90-5/91).
AwardsDistinguished Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences, UWG 2007
Publications and Reports
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.
Lisa L. Gezon 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.
Gezon, Lisa L. (2006) Global Visions, Local Landscapes: A Political Ecology of Conservation, Conflict, and Control in Northern Madagascar. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. (in the series Globalization and the Environment, edited by Rick Wilk and Josiah Heyman).
Gezon, Lisa L. (ms.) Between the Local and the Global: A Regional Scale in Resource Use Analysis in Northern Madagascar. (being revised for the Journal of Political Ecology).
Gezon, Lisa L., Sean Sweeney, Glen Green, and Benjamin Z. Freed (2005) Forest Loss and Commodity Chains in Northern Madagascar. Final Report to the National Geographic Society, Grant number 7413.03.
Paulson, Susan and Lisa L. Gezon, eds. (2005) Political Ecology, Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups. Rutgers University Press.
Gezon, Lisa L. (2005) Finding the Global in the Local: Local Struggles in Northern Madagascar. Chapter in Political Ecology, Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups. Rutgers University Press.
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. and Susan Paulson, eds. (2003) “Locating the Political in Political Ecology” Human Organization 62(3). Guested edited special issue.
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 21st Century. Eds, S.R. Brechin, P. R. Wilshusen, C. Fortwangler, and P. C. West. SUNY Press. Pp. 183-194.
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 and Studies 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.” http://web.africa.ufl.edu/asq
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.
C. Kottak, L. Gezon and G. Green. (1994) "Deforestation and biodiversity preservation in Madagascar: The view from above and below."
Grants and Fellowships
National Science Foundation. 2003 “Commodity Chains and Land Use in Northern Madagascar.” (funded 6/03-6/07, $50,580, Award Number BCS-0318640)
U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. “Commodity Chains, Land Use, and Conservation in Northern Madagascar” (received 4/03, $64,000).
Learning Resources Faculty Research Grant from the State University of West Georgia. 2003 “A Sense of Place: Agriculture and Community in West Georgia” ($1500).
National Geographic Society. “Forest Loss and Commodity Chains in Northern Madagascar.” (Research grant proposal with Dr. Glen M. Green, with field collaboration from Dr. Benjamin Z. Freed, Grant Number 7413.03; date of award January 13, 2003; $27,650)
Sponsored Operations Faculty Enhancement Grant, State University of West Georgia. “Cornbread and Biscuits: Food and Community in the Georgia Piedmont.” ($2250, co-PI Ann McCleary, Public History, funded April 2002)
Student Research Assistant Program (SRAP), State University of West Georgia. “West Georgia Flea Market Project.” (Funded April 2002)
Professional Development: “Introduction to Geospatial Data Analysis for Research and Classroom Applications”, State University of West Georgia, Geospatial Applications Research Center. NSF-funded workshop held May 2002.
Fellow, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Summer Institute, Indiana University (2001).
Sponsored Operations Faculty Research Enhancement Award, State University of West Georgia (April 2001). “A Regional Approach to Conservation in Northern Madagascar.” ($3000)
Learning Resources Faculty Research Grant from the State University of West Georgia. “Protected Area Management and the Ripple Effects of Globalization in Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico.” Funding for preliminary research in Mexico (summer 2000) ($1,600)
Sponsored Operations Faculty Enhancement Grant, State University of West Georgia. “Forest-Water-People Relations in Northern Madagascar.” (summer 1999) ($2,250)
Department of Natural Resources (Georgia Coastal Resources Division, Coastal Management Program), “Coastal Water Resource Issues: Community Perspectives” PI–Ben Blount (U of GA); Co-PI–Lisa Gezon (State University of West Georgia) (1998-1999) ($77,619)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Fellowship in Global Change Research (1992-95).
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Predoctoral grant to study "Ecological Conflict and Control in Ankarana, Madagascar" (1993-94) Gr. 5700.
National Science Foundation, Doctoral dissertation research grant to study "Ecological Conflict and Control in Ankarana, Madagascar" (1992-93).
Consortium for an International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Researcher, dissertation project – “Using Satellite Images to Understand Conservation and Development in Madagascar" (1992-93).
CIESIN, Associate Researcher and Project Manager – Pilot Project: "An Integrated Approach to Deforestation, Conservation and Development in Madagascar Using Satellite Images" (2/91-12/91).
University of Michigan, Population/Environment Dynamics Project (PEDP): "Developing a Remote Sensing Approach to the Human Context and Impact of Deforestation in Madagascar" (5/90 - 4/91).
Papers and Presentations
Co-Organizer (11/09) Marginal or Mainstream? The Beginnings and the End(s) of Feminist Anthropology. Invited Roundtable by the Association for Feminist Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PN.
Organizer (11/09) Rappaport Prize Panel Discussion. Organized in the capacity of Board Member of the Anthropology and Environment section of the American Anthropological Association for the presentation of student papers competing for the Rappaport Prize, Philadephia, PN.
Presenter (3/09) Drug vs. Food Crops: Khat and the Complexities of Agricultural Development in Northern Madagascar. Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM.
Discussant (3/09) Parks, Populatoin and Livelihood Shifts: Is Intergrated Conservation and Develometn Biting the Hand that Feeds? Political Ecology Society/Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM.
Paper Presentation (3/08) “At Home in the Margins: Women and the Khat Trade in Northern Madagascar.” Political Ecology Society meetings, in conjunction with the Society for Applied Anthropology, Memphis, TN 2008.
Paper Presentation (11/08) “What Labels Do for Livelihoods: Khat, Coca, and the War on Drugs.” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Discussant (11/08) for the session
Paper Presentation (11/07) “Double Trouble: Drugs (Khat), Conservation, and Livelihood Alternatives in Northern Madagascar,” American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.
Paper Presentation (4/07) “Khat in Madagascar: Political Ecology and the Culture of Drugs in a Postcolonial State,” in the session: "New political ecology research in Madagascar,” organized by Catherine Colson and Christian Kull. American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, CA.
Paper Presentation (11/06) “Qat as an Alternative Cultural and Economic Order in Northern Madagascar,” in the session: Do Governments Need Rebels? Do Bureaucracies Need Failure? The Cultural Politics of Order and Success in Nature, Development and the State, organized by Andrew Mathews and Lisa L. Gezon. American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA.
Paper Presentation (3/06) “Qat in Motion, Women in Motion: Gender Politics and Livelihoods in Northern Madagascar.” Society for Applied Anthropology, 66th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Paper Presentation with co-author, Benjamin Z. Freed. (11/05) “The Elephant and the Blindfold: Challenging Myths of Deforestation Through Collaborative Research in Madagascar.” Paper presented at the 104th Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C.
Paper presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe NM (4/05) “Qat in Madagascar: Production, Conservation, and the Politics of Consumption.”
Invited lectcure (2/05) “Ethnicité et mondialisation: Destitution royale et productions d’aquaculture à Madagascar/ Ethnicity and Globalization: Royal Upheaval and Aquaculture in Madagascar.” Université Paris X-Nanterre, Department of Anthropology.
Presentation (8/04). “Conservation and Forest Change in Madagascar.” Team presentation (with Glen M. Green, Ben Freed, and Sean Sweeney) to the Alliance Française, Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Aires Protegées (ANGAP), the Université d’Antsiranana, Madagascar, and the Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie de l’Université de Madagascar, Antananarivo.
Paper Presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR (3/03) “Grassroots Empowerment or Bold Intrusion?: The Politics of Research and Representation in Senegal’s Peanut Expansion.”
Paper Co-Author: Benjamin Blount and Lisa L. Gezon, Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR (3/03) “Social Ecology and Cultural Models of Citizen Knowledge of Water Issues on the Georgia Coast (USA).”
Session Co-Organizer and Chair, American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA (11/02). “Cultures of Nature in an Era of Globalization.”
Paper Presentation in above Session, “Commodity Chains of Ecotourism: Hierarchy, Marginalization, and the Emergence of New Localities in Northern Madagascar.”
Participant and Paper Contributor, Conference on Environment, Resources, and Sustainability: Policy Issues for the 21st Century, Athens, GA. (9/02). “A Regional Approach to Conservation and Natural Resources Management in Madagascar.”
Paper Presenter, West Africa Research Association International Symposium on Fieldwork, Dakar, Senegal (6/02). “Scale and the Challenges of Ethnography in the study of Land Use in Madagascar and Senegal.”
Invited Session Organizer and Chair, Society for Applied Anthropology, Atlanta, GA (3/02). “Immigration Across North America: Perspectives on Labor, Health, and Asylum.”
Invited Session Organizer and Chair, Society for Applied Anthropology, Atlanta, GA (3/02). “Environment and Health: Vulnerability and Justice in the Age of Risk, Part I.”
Panel Presentation, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (11/01) “The People Vs. the King: Negotiating Usufruct in a Chiefly Village.”
Invited Panel Organizer, American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA (11/00). “Political Ecology at a Crossroads: Methods, Analyses, and Applications.”
Paper Presentation in the above session. “Political Ecology at a Crossroads: Response to Vayda.”
Paper Presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, San Francisco, CA (3/00). “The Changing Face of NGOs in Conservation and Development in Madagascar.”
Paper Presentation, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL (11/99). “’Water, Water, Everywhere, But not a Drop to Drink’: Perceptions of Scarcity in Coastal Georgia, USA.”
Paper Presentation, Women’s Studies Conference – University of South Carolina (2/98). “Gender Identity and Difference Among Women in Ankarana, Madagascar: Some thoughts on Implications for Political Ecology.”
Paper Presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle, WA (3/97). “Systems, Feedback, and Change: Rappaport’s Contributions to a Holistic Ecological Anthropology.”
Paper Presentation, African Studies Association, San Francisco, CA (11/96). “Gender Identity and Difference Among Women in Ankarana, Madagascar.”
Paper Presentation, American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA (11/96). "Permission and Patrol: Legality and Forest Use in Northern Madagascar."
Paper Presentation, Georgia Sociological Association, Carrollton, GA (11/96). “Deviance: Cross-Cultural? Case from Madagascar.”
Paper Presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology/Political Ecology Society, Baltimore, MD (I was not actually present at this meeting) (3/96). "Institutional Structure and the Effectiveness of Integrated Conservation and Developments: Case study from Madagascar."
Panel Organizer and Chair, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (11/95). "Political Ecology: Struggles to Redefine Human Environmental Relations."
Paper Presentation, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (11/95). "From Adversary to Son: (Fictive) Kinship as Political and Ecological Process."
Paper Presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Tuscon, AZ (3/95). "Women in the Politics of Resource Management in Ankarana, Madagascar."
Paper Presentation, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL (11/94). "Royal Rights, (Inter)national Land: Inserting the Political into Ecology."
Paper Presentation, Graduate Student Women's Conference, Miami of Ohio (3/92). "Spirit Possession in Madagascar."
Experience Abroad and Fieldwork
Madagascar (scheduled for May-June 2007): Follow-up research on qat funded by National Science Foundation.
France (Paris, Aix-en-Provence) and Madagascar (February-March 2005) : The goal of this research was to visit archives in France and to do follow-up research in Madagascar.
Madagascar (June-December 2004): Research on commodity chains and ethnicity funded by National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad.
France and Madagascar (June-July 2003): Planning for extended field research in Madagascar in 2004; follow-up data-gathering on tourism and a land dispute.
Senegal (May-June 2002): Preliminary fieldwork to re-establish contacts and identify research interests, possibilities, and collaborators. Interests: Peanut expansion and the participation of the Mouride Brotherhood; effects of one village’s artisanal cottage industry on rural exodus and land use practices.
Chihuahua, Mexico (June 2000): Planning conference for the Sierra Tarahumara Diversity Project of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, and preliminary fieldwork.
Madagascar (July 1999): Research on new developments in conservation policy and practice.
Coastal Georgia (1998): Research in conjunction with DNR grant.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania (August - September 1995): Exploratory Research.Madagascar (April - June 1995): Follow-up Research and consultancy for UNDP.
Madagascar (1992-93): Dissertation Research.
Madagascar (1991): Leader of an interdisciplinary research team studying the interface between remote sensing (satellite images and aerial photos) and socioeconomic variables.
Madagascar (1990): Exploratory fieldwork; Visited three conservation and development project sites.
Dakar, Senegal (1987-88): Université Chiekh Anta Diop; Foreign exchange student, Kalamazoo College; Kalamazoo, MI.
Valence, France (1983-84): Foreign exchange student, Educational Foundation for Foreign Study.
Memberships in Associations
American Anthropological Association
Senior-at-Large Board Member (2008-)
Anthropology and Environment Section
American Ethnological Society
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Association for Africanist Anthropology
Society for Applied Anthropology
Nominations Committee (2008)
Political Ecology Society
2003-4: Program Chair
2005-6: Program Chair
Development Experience and Employment
Consultant for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) (4-5/95).
Population/Environment Fellows Program (PEFP), University of Michigan--Ann Arbor. Presented a workshop: "Ethnographic Techniques" (11/94).
Interdisciplinary research in conjunction with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to identify land use practices for a project in integrated conservation and development (Projet Integre de Conservation et de Developpement du Complexe des Aires Protegees de la Montagne d'Ambre). Project funded by Consortium for an International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN, Saginaw/Ann Arbor, MI (6-8/91).
Volunteer, Association des Villageois de N'Dem. Grassroots development organization near Thiès, Senegal (5-6/88).
LanguagesEnglish – native speaker Spanish – two years in college
French – fluent German – two years in High School
Malagasy – can conduct research in Malagasy Wolof (Senegal) – conversational