Jordan Thomas

Graduate Student


Sociocultural Anthropology

Research Interests: 

  • Wildfire
  • Political Ecology
  • Epistemologies
  • Environmental Governance



MA University of Cambridge

MSc Durham University

BA Kansas State University



I am a sociocultural anthropologist researching the intersections of humans, environments, and fire in California. My research takes a phenomenological approach to climate change, with a particular focus on how bodies, senses, and affective registers are interwoven with environmental phenomena. My doctoral work uses multi-sited, multi-scalar methods to understand how wildfire knowledge is created and operationalized in contexts of extreme environmental instability. In the past, I conducted graduate research as a Marshall Scholar at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, where I explored the role of fire in contemporary Maya agroforestry systems. I have also worked as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service.