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About Krista M. Harper

I am an applied cultural anthropologist who investigates urban mobilizations, environment, food, and social justice, university libraries, and, most recently, the societal impacts of the renewable energy transition. I use ethnographic and participatory visual and digital research methods, with projects in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States. My latest project, “Elevating Equity Values in the Transition of the Energy System” (ELEVATE, NSF #2020888), investigates how urban residents and other stakeholders understand the transition to renewable energy technologies and decarbonization policies, with a focus on issues of equity and environmental justice in marginalized communities. From 2010-2018, I was the PI (with Jacqueline Urla) of two NSF research and training grants, "Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces" (NSF-OISE #0968575 and IIA-1261172).


Present Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Director, European Field Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Machmer Hall Room #214
240 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-577-0661


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