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James J A Blair

Visiting Researcher.

James J A Blair

I was born in New York City and raised in Massachusetts. I graduated with honours from Boston College with a double major in History and Philosophy and a minor in Latin American Studies.

After a stint with Sierra Club, a San Francisco-based environmental non-profit, I returned to my birthplace in 2010 to enrol in the PhD program in Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY).

PhD focus

My doctoral dissertation centres on oil, environment and self-determination in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant #1355717), the Wenner-Gren Foundation (Grant #8739), the Social Science Research Council (DPDF) and CUNY, I have conducted multiple phases of ethnographic and historical research in the Falklands and Argentina.

Committed to the aims of public anthropology, I have written a series of articles on the islands for The Economist. As a Fulbright postgraduate, I am situating my study in the interdisciplinary field of political ecology at The University of Manchester. 

Research project

  • "Extracting Indigeneity: Oil, Environment and Self-Determination in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas)."

This ethnographic and historical project examines how the settlers of the Falkland Islands are constructing themselves as natives through new forms of governance over energy resources.

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