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Douglas Rogers | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Douglas Rogers

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Yale University
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Douglas Rogers is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale University.  His research and teaching interests include political and economic anthropology, natural resource extraction (especially oil) and energy, the anthropology of religion, and socialist societies and their postsocialist trajectories.  He has done archival and ethnographic research in Russia since 1994, often in collaboration with scholars from Moscow State University, Perm State University, and the Perm Regional Museums.

Rogers is currently working on an ethnography-based project entitled “Oil Culture: Producing the New Russia.” Funded in 2009-2012 by the National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Program and the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, this project explores the intersection of three significant processes in the Perm Region: (1) the gradual emergence of the region as a significant oil producer in post-Soviet Russia; (2) the shifting nature of the Russian state in the context of oil-dependent budgets, especially at the regional and sub-regional levels; and (3) the rise and spread of practices of “corporate social responsibility.”  The project pays particular attention to the fate of “social and cultural projects” sponsored by regional state offices and energy companies, among them Perm’s recent—and controversial—effort to re-brand itself as the “cultural capital of Russia.”

Rogers received his B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Before joining the faculty at Yale, Rogers taught at Miami University of Ohio and was a Kennan Institute fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Douglas Rogers is the author of The Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals published in Cornell University Press’s “Culture and Society After Socialism” series in 2009.  The book received Honorable Mentions for the 2010 Clifford Geertz Prize and the 2010 ASEEES Davis Center Book Prize.

Selected Publications

2011Certainty and Vulnerability in Oil Boom Russia. Anthropology Now. 3(2):
10-16.
2011Fixers in Motion: A Conversation (co-authored with Craig Jeffrey, Christine
Philliou, and Andrew Shryock). Comparative Studies in Society and History
53(3): 692-707.
2011Community, Symbolic Order, and the Exclusion of the Social in Serguei
Oushakine’s The Patriotism of Despair. Ab Imperio 11(1): 247-261.
2010Postsocialisms Unbound: Connections, Critiques, Comparisons. Slavic Review
69(1): 1-15.
2009The Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the
Urals. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
2006How to Be a Khoziain in a Transforming State: State Formation and the Ethics
of Governance in Post-Soviet Russia. Comparative Studies in Society and
History 48(4): 915-945.
2006Historical Anthropology Meets Soviet History. Kritika: Explorations in
Russian and Eurasian History 7(3): 633-649.
2005Moonshine, Money, and the Politics of Liquidity in Rural Russia. American
Ethnologist 32(1): 63-81.
2005The Anthropology of Religion after Socialism. Religion, State, and Society
33(1): 5-18.