Eunice Blavascunas

Eunice Blavascunas

Biography

Eunice is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz and has taught at the University of Washington's Program on the Environment, and held fellowships at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, GWZO Leiniz Institute Center for East European Culture. For more than 25 years she has been researching and writing about conservation politics in new nature preserves in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. Her book "Of Forests and Time: An Ethnography of the Białowieża Forest" will be coming out with Indiana University Press in 2020. With filmmaker Jodie Baltazar she produced and directed a documentary film, 'Black Stork White Stork' which traces the fate of an innovative aging bachelor in Europe's last primeval forest, Białowieża https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bW8Qm3JvqY . She has won grants for her research from Fulbright, the Ford Foundation and the Switzer Foundation. Other research experiences include studying private and public land distinctions in the State of Maine, how the commons are constructed along Warsaw's Vistula river banks, and how historical pogroms interact discursively with nature conservation in Poland. Her experiences working for US-based land management agencies, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources have helped her develop interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving. Her goal is to help people embroiled in nature conservation conflicts better understand themselves, those they are in conflict with and the globally interconnected world that frames their conflict.

Fellow Activity

Grant Outcomes | Feb 1, 2012, Network Events | Feb 1, 2012
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Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
2005
Academic Background:
Whitman College, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Whitman College
Expertise:
Environmental Education
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
Conservation Politics, Rewilding, Forests, Forestry, Sustainability, Rural Livelihoods

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