Bettina Stoetzer

Bettina Stoetzer
Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas environmental anthropology, anthropology of race and migration; urban ethnography; feminist anthropology and science studies; botany and (urban) wildlife

Bettina Stoetzer is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the intersections of ecology, globalization, and urban social justice. Bettina received her M.A. in Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies from the University of Goettingen and completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2011. Before coming to MIT, she was a Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. Bettina’s forthcoming book, Ruderal City: Ecologies of Migration and Urban Life in Berlin (December 2022, Duke University Press), draws on fieldwork with immigrant and refugee communities, as well as ecologists, nature enthusiasts and other Berlin residents to illustrate how human-environment relations have become a key register through which urban citizenship is articulated in contemporary Europe. The ethnographic research and writing for this project has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the ACLS/Mellon Foundation, and a UC Chancellor’s fellowship. Another, new book project, “Creating Refuge:  Borders and More-than-Human Mobilities in an Era of Environmental Change,” examines practices of ecological care in the context of climate change, political conflict, and resurgence of nationalist movements in the US and Germany.  Bettina is also the author of a book on feminism and anti-racism, titled InDifferenzen: Feministische Theorie in der Antirassistischen Kritik (InDifferences: Feminist Theory in Antiracist Criticism, argument, 2004), and she co-edited Shock and Awe. War on Words together with Bregje van Eekelen, Jennifer Gonzalez, and Anna Tsing (New Pacific Press, 2004). At MIT, Bettina teaches classes on urban life and ethnography, race and migration, environmental justice, gender, science and technology, and the politics of nature.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Europe / Eurasia
Western Hemisphere
United States of America