Christine Walley

Christine J Walley
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Social class, environmental conflict, autoethnography, documentary film, gender and feminist theory, deindustrialization

Christine Walley is Professor of Anthropology at MIT. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University in 1999. Her first book Rough Waters: Nature and Development in an East African Marine Park (Princeton University Press, 2004) was based on ethnographic research exploring environmental conflict in rural Tanzania. Her current project Exit Zero uses family stories to examine the long-term impact of deindustrialization in the United States. It includes an award-winning book with University of Chicago Press (2013), as well as a documentary film made with director Chris Boebel (2017). Chris Walley and Chris Boebel are currently collaborating with web designer Jeff Soyk and the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum to create an NEH-funded interactive archive/storytelling website that highlights multigenerational storytelling around deindustrialization in the United States. The website will launch in fall of 2021.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Sub-Saharan Africa