Faculty & Staff Directory
- Professor Emeritus
- Cognitive Anthropology, Social Science, Climate Change
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ecology
M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Folklore
Susan A. Crate is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. An environmental and cognitive anthropologist, she has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988. Her recent research has focused on understanding local perceptions and adaptations of Viliui Sakha communities in the face of unprecedented climate change—a research agenda that has expanded to Canada, Peru, Wales, Kiribati, Mongolia and the Chesapeake Bay. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and one monograph, Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability (AltaMira Press, 2006), and she is co-editor of Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions (Left Coast Press, Inc., 2009), with its second volume, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations just released in early 2016. She also served on the American Anthropology Association’s Task Force on Climate Change.
Environmental & Cognitive Anthropology, Human Ecology
Crate, S. 2021 Once Upon the Permafrost: Culture and Climate Change in the 21st Century. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Forthcoming.
Crate, S. and Mark Nuttall, eds. 2016. Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations. New York: Routledge.
Crate, S. and Mark Nuttall, eds. 2009. Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Crate, S. 2006 Cows, Kin and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability. Walnut Creek: Alta Mira Press.
Crate, S. 2019 Ohuokhai: Transmitter of Biocultural Heritage for Sakha of Northeastern Siberia. Journal of Ethnobiology, 39(3): 409-424.
Crate, S. 2019 Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge. IPCC report 'Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): 1-35-1-40. https://report.ipcc.ch/srocc/pdf/SROCC_FinalDraft_FullReport.pdf
Crate, S., Ulrich, M., Habeck, O., Desyatkin, A. Desyatkin, R., Fedorov, A., Hiyama, T., Iijima, Y., Ksentofontov, S., Meszaros, C., Takakura, H. 2017. Permafrost livelihoods: A transdisciplinary review and analysis of thermokarst-based systems of indigenous land use. Anthropocene, 18: 89-104.
Crate, S. and A. Fedorov. 2013. A Methodological Model for Exchanging Local and Scientific Climate Change Knowledge in Northeastern Siberia. Arctic, 66(3): 338-350.
Crate, S. 2011 Climate and Culture: Anthropology in the Era of Contemporary Climate Change. Annual Review of Anthropology 40(1): 175-194.
Crate, S. 2008 Gone the Bull of Winter: Grappling with the Cultural Implications of and Anthropology’s Role(s) in Global Climate Change. Current Anthropology, 49(4).
2020 University of Melbourne, MacGeorge Fellowship Narratives of Climate Change: Empowering Communities to Act. $10,000 for travel and living expenses for sabbatical project, Feb-Mar 2020.
2018-19 British Museum, Urgent Anthropology Fellowship Engaging Longitudinal Ethnography in Anthropology and Climate Change Research. S Crate, PI $65,000.
2017-20 National Science Foundation IRES, People, power, and rivers: social-ecological dynamics of hydroelectric development in northern Mongolia. S Crate, co-PI $249,971.
2016 Title VIII Funding for Summer Mongolian Language Intensive, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. $9892.
2010-13 National Science Foundation, Division of Cultural Anthropology. Cultural Models, Community Adaptation and Climate Change for the Chesapeake Bay, S. Crate, PI $19,000.
2009-12 National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, Arctic Systems Science Program. Understanding Climate-Driven Phenological Change - Observations, Adaptations and Cultural Implications in Northeastern Siberia and Labrador/Nunatsiavut (PHENARC). S. Crate, P.I. $640,000.
- National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, Arctic Social Science Program grant 0710935 Assessing Knowledge, Resilience & Adaptation and Policy Needs in Northern Russian Villages Experiencing Unprecedented Climate Change. S. Crate, P.I. $342,000.
2003-06 National Science Foundation, Arctic Social Science Program grant 0532993: "Investigating the Economic and Environmental Resilience of Viliui Sakha Villages: Building Capacity, Assessing Sustainability, Gaining Knowledge." S. Crate, P.I. $90,000.