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Michael Dove, PhD

Margaret K. Musser Professor at the School of the Environment; Curator at Peabody Museum; Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director/Chair, Council of Southeast Asian Studies; Co-Coordinator, Joint F&ES/Anthropology Doctoral Program

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Michael Dove, PhD

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Environmental anthropologist, whose work focuses on the environmental relations of local communities, especially in South and Southeast Asia. Over the past 40 years, he has spent more than a dozen years in the field in Asia, carrying out long-term research on human ecology in Borneo and Java, developing government research capacity in Indonesia, and advising the Pakistan Forest Service on social forestry policies. Current research and teaching interests include the anthropology of climate change and the cultural and political aspects of natural hazards, disasters, and resource degradation; indigenous environmental knowledge and practice; the study of developmental and environmental institutions, discourses, and movements; the history and sociology of the environment-related sciences; and post-humanist study of environmental relations.

Education & Training

  • BA
    Northwestern University
  • MA
    Stanford University
  • PhD
    Stanford University


  • Grasslands in Southeast Asian
    Indonesia; Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar [Burma]; Malaysia; Philippines; Thailand; United States; Vietnam 2008
    Professor Dove compiled and published an analysis of the canonical work on the fire-climax grasslands of Southeast Asia.
  • Natural Hazards In Java
    Indonesia 2008
    Professor Dove is collaborating with a researcher at Gadjah Mada University on a long-term study (1980-present) of human responses to volcanic hazards on Java. Recently published and in-press work is listed below. Current and future work will focus on issues of risk-perception and agricultural evolution/development in hazardous environments.

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