Environmental and Sustainability Studies
College Of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science

Susan Crate

Susan Crate

Susan Crate

Associate Professor

Environmental and cognitive anthropology, human ecology

Susan Crate is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in environmental and cognitive anthropology. She has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988 and specifically with Viliui Sakha since 1991. Her current research focuses on understanding local perceptions, adaptations, and resilience of Viliui Sakha communities in the face of unprecedented climate change.

Crate is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, one monograph, Cows, Kin and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability, 2006, Alta Mira Press and senior editor of the 2009 volume, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions, Left Coast Press. She is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University.

She received a MS in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in ecology also from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.