Faculty/Staff Profile

Lisa Gezon

Lisa Gezon

Professor and Chair of the Department

Phone: 678-839-6457 | Fax: 678-839-6466

Email:  lgezon@westga.edu

Office: Anthropology Building 10


Lisa L. Gezon is a cultural anthropologist who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995. She has been teaching Anthropology at the University of West Georgia since 1996 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her primary research area has been in Madagascar, but she has also conducted research in that state of Georgia (U.S.A.) and in Senegal, West Africa. She is interested in many facets of humans and their relationship to the material environment, including conservation and protected area management (Madagascar), management of water commons (coastal Georgia), and the contribution of peanut farming to deforestation (Senegal). She is currently interested in the commodity chains of the drug khat in Madagascar, considering land cover change, rural and urban livelihoods, and the cultural politics of drug policies and perceptions. Her research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, and a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. Significant publications include Gezon, Lisa L. 2006. Global Visions, Local Landscapes: A Political Ecology of Conservation, Conflict, and Control in Northern Madagascar, AltaMira Press; and Paulson, Susan and Lisa L. Gezon 2005. Political Ecology, Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups (co-authored with Susan Paulson), Rutgers University Press.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1995

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ANTH-1102 (Intro to Anthropology)    
    • ANTH-3180 (Environmental Anthropology)    
    • ANTH-4130 (Medical Anthropology)    
    • ANTH-4173 (Language and Culture)    
    • ANTH-4186 (Internship: Community Health)    
    • ANTH-5885 (Environmental Anthropology)    
  • Spring 2016 Sections
    • ANTH-3180 (Environmental Anthropology) Section: 01
    • ANTH-4186 (Internship: Community Health) Section: 02
    • ANTH-5885 (Environmental Anthropology) Section: 01
  • Fall 2015 Sections
    • ANTH-1102 (Intro to Anthropology) Section: 91
    • ANTH-4173 (Language and Culture) Section: 01
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • ANTH-4130 (Medical Anthropology) Section: 01

Selected Publications

  • Gezon, Lisa L. (2012) 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.