I am a cultural anthropologist interested in human-environment interactions in the Brazilian Amazon. My research seeks to understand Amazonian livelihoods and land uses in relation to political and economic drivers, but also to expand the view through attention to cultural factors, such as ideals of work, nature, and masculinity, as well as food and landscape preferences. The goal is to understand why destructive environmental practices, particularly cattle raising and gold mining, make sense from the perspectives of different actors.

Announcements

Garimpeiros: The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest

The UCSB Library presents an exhibition of photographs of illegal gold mines in the Brazilian Amazon.  Curated by Jeffrey Hoelle, UCSB Associate Professor of Anthropology.  UCSB LIBRARY, Ocean Gallery, through 8/31/18. "Digging Deeper" press release from the UCSB Current, July 6, 2018

 

"Jeff is in the house" discusses the spatial and conceptual boundaries that separate humans and animals in the Amazon, and how sometimes those distinctions get fuzzy.  Published in the Agricultural Co-involution series of the Culture and Agriculture Section of the AAA.  

Gold Glimmers in the Amazon, a photo essay on life in the illegal gold camps of the Brazilian Amazon, was recently published in Sapiens  The piece was written with Geographers Peter Richards and Michael Klingler and based on fieldwork conducted in the mines in the summer of 2015.  Michael's striking photographs of the mining process and the garimpeiros (miners) are worth a look.  

The Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) has awarded UC Santa Barbara anthropologist Jeffrey Hoelle top honors for his book “Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture in Western Amazonia” (University of Texas Press, 2015). Full article from the UCSB Current.

  1. September 15, 2016 - 2:45pm