Stuart Kirsch is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. His research interests include corporations, indigenous political movements, mining, and political ecology. For many years he has worked as both an ethnographer and an engaged anthropologist with the communities affected by pollution from the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine Papua New Guinea, including participation in their landmark litigation against the Australian owners of the mine. He has also consulted on indigenous rights and environmental issues across the Pacific and in the Amazon. He is the author of Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea (Stanford University Press, 2006). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Mining Capitalism: The Rise and Corporate Response to Indigenous and NGO Critique.
His most recent work is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, a Michigan Humanities Award, the Social Science Research Council, and the Yale University Program in Agrarian Studies.
Benson, Peter and Stuart Kirsch
|2010||Capitalism and the Politics of Resignation. Current Anthropology 51(4):459–486.|
|2010||Corporate Oxymorons. With Peter Benson. Dialectical Anthropology 34(1):45–48.|
|2012||Afterward: Extractive Conflicts Compared. Social Conflict, Economic Development and the Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America, ed. Anthony Bebbington, 203–215. New York: Routledge. Spanish language edition forthcoming, Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.|
|2010||Sustainability and the BP Oil Spill. [Guest Editorial]. Dialectical Anthropology 34(3):295–300.|
|2010||Mining. Dialectical Anthropology 34(1):87–93.|
|2009||Comments on the Bakhuis Draft Environmental and Social Impact Report. In Suriname’s Bakhuis Bauxite Mine: An Independent Review of SRK’s Impact Assessment, ed. Robert Goodland, 28–59. Paramaribo, Suriname: Bureau VIDS.|
|2008||Social Relations and the Green Critique of Capitalism in Melanesia. American Anthropologist 110(3):288–298.|
|2007||Indigenous Movements and the Risks of Counterglobalization: Tracking the Campaign against Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi Mine. American Ethnologist 34(2):303–321. Reprinted in: Cultural Anthropology, Volume 2: Modernities, eds. Kim Fortun and Michael Fortun, 283–414. New York: Sage publications, 2010|
|2006||Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea. Stanford: Stanford University Press.|
|2003||Mining and Environmental Human Rights in Papua New Guinea. In Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, eds. George Jedrzej Frynas and Scott Pegg, 115–136. London: Palgrave.|
|2002||Anthropology and Advocacy: A Case Study of the Campaign against the Ok Tedi Mine. Critique of Anthropology 22(2):175–200.|
|2001||Property Effects: Social Networks and Compensation Claims in Melanesia. Social Anthropology 9(2):147–163.|