Brief Biography: Thomas Pearson began teaching at UW-Stout in 2009. He is a cultural anthropologist and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on environmental conflicts in both Central America and the United States. His research in Central America addressed environmental activism around genetically modified seeds and intellectual property rights issues during the ratification of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. His research in the United States has focused on the social aspects of frac sand mining in western Wisconsin, particularly local activism, conflicts over community, place identity, and democracy, and impacts on quality of life. He is planning a future research project on the environmental justice implications of pipeline and energy infrastructure development, and a separate project on the experience of disability rights advocacy. He began serving as the assistant director of the Honors College in 2016.
Teaching Interests: Cultural Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Environmental Justice, Social Movements, Political Ecology, Qualitative Methods
Research Interests: Social and political activism, relationship between people and the environment, social dimensions of mining and natural resource extraction, conflicts over place identity and landscape change, perception and experience of environmental hazard, community organizing and democracy, disability rights