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Elana Shever

Elana Shever

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Sociology & Anthropology, 418 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7035
Elana Shever is a cultural anthropologist with interests in the politics of natural resources, globalization, capitalism, and the relationship among large-scale political and economic processes, kinship, citizenship, and personhood.

Resources for Reform: Oil and Neoliberalism in Argentina book coverHer book, Resources for Reform: Oil and Neoliberalism in Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2012) explores how people’s lives intersect with the global oil industry through a close look at Argentina’s experiment with privatizing its national oil company in the name of neoliberal reform.

Her current research project examines the meanings, uses, and values of dinosaurs (bones, models, images, texts, and toys) in the United States.
Dinosaur sculptures on a sidewalk


AB, Brown University, 1999; MA (2001), PhD (2008), University of California at Berkeley



Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapter

Other Publications
  • Review of Living with Oil: Promises, Peaks, and Declines on Mexico's Gulf Coast. Lisa Breglia. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013. American Ethnologist, forthcoming.
  • "When the State Takes Stock," The Huffington Post, May 4, 2012.
  • "Adeline Cohnfelt Lust." Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia.  Paula E. Hyman and Deborah D. Moore, eds. p. 880. New York, NY: Routledge, 1998.

Professional Experience


  • David M. Schneider Paper Prize, American Anthropological Association, 2007
  • Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California Dissertation Fellowship, 2006
  • University of California, Berkeley Human Rights Center Fellowship, 2006
  • Fulbright Fellowship for Research in Argentina, 2005
  • University of California, Berkeley Dissertation Research Award, 2005
  • Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Research Grant, 2002
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2000
  • Regents of the University of California Pre-Dissertation Humanities Fellowship, 2000
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (declined), 2000

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colgate University 2011-Present

See the course offerings website for current courses.

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 102)
  • The Craft of Anthropological Inquiry (ANTH 211)
  • Nature, Culture, Politics (ANTH/SOCI 245)
  • Globalization and Social Change in Latin America (ANTH/ALST 363)
  • Corporations and Power (upcoming)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Union College 2009-2011