Anne Rademacher is an Associate Professor in the Program in Environmental Studies and the Department of Anthropology at New York University. Trained in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology (MES and PhD, Yale University), Rademacher studies the political and cultural dimensions of sustainability in cities. Her central interest is urban ecology—its scientific contours, its application across cultural and political contexts, and its interconnection with social change.
Rademacher is the author of Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu (Duke University Press, 2011) and coeditor of Ecologies of Urbanism in India (Hong Kong University Press, 2013). She is also the author of articles on issues such as housing and migration, political stability, cultural conflict, and alternative forms of environmental knowledge. Her next book, in progress, is a collaborative undertaking with ecosystem ecologists, environmental architects, and anthropologists called Situating Sustainability in an Unequal World.
Most recently, Rademacher was a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Indian Studies (2012). During this time, she worked among professors and students of sustainable architecture in Mumbai, India, exploring the social dimensions and cultural politics of green design.
In addition to teaching and research, Rademacher has worked on conservation and poverty alleviation programming for the World Bank, The World Conservation Union, and The Asia Foundation.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- A New Urban Reality
A response to “How is nature critical to a 21st century urban ethic?”
- Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu
Anne Rademacher’s ethnography on the complexities of river restoration in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital and one of the fastest-growing cities in South Asia.