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Jessica Smith Rolston | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Jessica Smith Rolston

Research Affiliate
Center of the American West
University of Colorado

Jessica Smith Rolston is a research affiliate of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado and anthropology faculty at Pikes Peak Community College. Her research in the American West and Peruvian Andes traces the commodity networks that surround mined materials and implicate a wide range of actors, from miners and corporate officials to ranchers and conservation activists. Within these networks, she focuses on questions of labor, gender, kinship, language and “responsible” capitalism. With funding from the National Endowment from the Humanities, she is currently finishing the book manuscript for Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West. She completed a PhD in anthropology and a certificate in women’s studies from the University of Michigan in 2009.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
N.D.Specters of Syndromes and the Everyday Lives of Energy Workers in Wyoming. Manuscript accepted for publication in Cultures of Energy, edited by Sarah Struass, Stephanie Rupp and Thomas Love, and under contract with Left Coast Press.
2010Risky Business: Neoliberalism and Workplace Safety in Wyoming Coal Mines. Human Organization 69(4): 331-342.
2010Talk about Technology: Negotiating Gender Difference in Wyoming Coal Mines. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 35 (4): 893-918.
2010Corporate Social Responsibility and the Perils of Universalization. With Federico Helfgott. (As Jessica M. Smith.) Anthropology Today 26(3): 20-23.
2010Workplace Egalitarianism in Nonunion Mines: Lessons from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. (As Jessica M. Smith.) The Anthropology of Labor Unions. Paul Durrenberger and Karaleah Reichart, eds. Pp. 103-130. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
2008Crafting Kinship at Home and Work: Women Miners in Wyoming. (As Jessica M. Smith.) Women and Work issue, edited by Kathlene McDonald, WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society 11(4): 439-458.

2011Moreton, Bethany. To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. (Harvard University Press, 2009). Contemporary Studies in Society and History 53(1): 225-226.
2011SoLA: Louisiana Water Stories [film on oil and gas extraction in the Gulf of Mexico]. Available online: http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/cgi/showme.cgi?keycode=4094
2010The Hillside Crowd [film on small-scale gold mining in Africa]. Anthropology Review Database. Available online: http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/cgi/showme.cgi?keycode=3698
2008Ferry, Elizabeth Emma. Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico. (Columbia University Press, 2005). (As Jessica M. Smith.) Anthropology of Work Review 29 (2): 43-44.