Jeffrey Hoelle

Associate Professor (on sabbatical leave
AY 2021-2022)

Office Hours

on leave until Fall 2022

Contact Phone

(805) 893-4244

Office Location

HSSB 2073
HSSB 2075 (lab)

Specialization

Sociocultural Anthropology (environmental anthropology, ethnography, land change, Latin America, Brazilian Amazon)

Education

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Research

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, make sense from the perspective of different actors. My book, Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture in Western Amazonia, won the 2016 Book Prize from the Brazil Section the Latin American Studies Association. 

During the 2021-2022 academic year, I will be on sabbatical at Latin American Centre and the School of Environment and Geography at University of Oxford. 

Projects

The anthropology of environmental degradation in the Brazilian Amazon, focusing on cattle raising, gold mining, and fire

The function and aesthetics of everyday forms of nature control and domination

Cross-cultural comparison of cattle economies, cattle cultures, and beef consumption

Integrating culture into land use-land change frameworks, theory, and modeling

Local Research Project on Plants and People: The IV Ethnobotany Project 

Publications

Jeffrey Hoelle & Nicholas C. Kawa (2021) Placing the Anthropos in Anthropocene, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 111:3, 655-662, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2020.1842171
 
Yann le Polain de Waroux, Rachael D. Garrett, Mollie Chapman, Cecilie Friis, Jeffrey Hoelle, Leonie Hodel, Kelly Hopping & Julie Gwendolin Zaehringer (2021) The role of culture in land system science, Journal of Land Use Science, DOI: 10.1080/1747423X.2021.1950229
 
Wade, M. & J. Hoelle. 2020. A review of edible insect industrialization: Scales of production and implications for sustainability. Environmental Research Letters 15(12). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aba1c1
 

Hoelle, J. A Chegada da Cultura Caubói no Acre, Brasil. 2020. Caderno de Geografia 30(3), pp. 461-483. DOI: 10.5752/P.2318-2962.2020v30nesp3p461

"Why the Amazon is Burning" Op-ed, Los Angeles Times, Aug 27, 2019

Quantifying cultural values associated with deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. (2018) Journal of Land Use Science

From contested to ‘green’ frontiers in the Amazon? A long-term analysis of São Félix do Xingu, Brazil. Marianne Schmink, Jeffrey Hoelle, Carlos Valério A. Gomes & Gregory M. Thaler (2017) Journal of Peasant Studies.

Jungle Beef: consumption, production and destruction, and the development process in the Brazilian Amazon. (2017) Journal of Political Ecology 24: 743-762.

Gold glimmers in the Amazon. with Michael Klingler and Peter Richards. December 13, 2016 Sapiens.

Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture in Western Amazonia. (2015) University of Texas Press.

Additional publications

 

Courses

I will not be teaching any courses until I return from sabbatical in Fall 2022.  

Courses I have taught and will teach again in the future.

  • ANTH 2: Introductory Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 115: Language, Culture, and Place
  • ANTH 152/ ES 151: Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTH 152: Amazonia
  • ANTH 240A:  Anthropology Research Methods (Graduate course)