Dr Nora Haenn

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Associate Professor

  • Email: nmhaenn@ncsu.edu
  • Address:
    1911 Bldg 229, Box 8101
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695

Biography

Nora Haenn is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies. She is currently the Director of the Anthropology Graduate Program. Her research focuses on environment and migration. On the topic of the environment, Haenn considers how small-scale communities (villages and counties) manage their natural resources.  Given her area of specialty in southern Mexico, this interest touches on questions of rainforest conservation, sustainable development, environmental justice, multi-culturalism, and the government mechanisms employed to create and implement environmental policy. Her book Fields of Power, Forests of Discontent brings these topics together to describe how conservation programs took root in southern Mexico.  As residents of southern Mexico were drawn into international migration, Haenn began to examine the social and environmental effects of international migration.  She is currently at work on a book Marriage after Migration:An Ethnography of Five Mexican Woemn.

 

Funded Research

2011:    North Carolina State University, College of Humanities and Social Science for “Bosses and Friends, Citizens and Foreigners: An Examination of Employers’ Dispositions to their Immigrant Workers” (Co-PI, $4,000)

2011:    National Science Foundation, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)    for Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Transgenic Pests (Co-PI, $3.3 million for 2011-2014)

2010:    National Science Foundation for “Effects of International Migration on Land Use and Conservation in Mexico” (Principal Investigator, BCS 0957354, $63,452 for 2010)

2009:    Dept. of State, Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship for “Effects of International Migration on Land Use and Conservation Planning in Tropical Mexico” (Principal Investigator, for academic year 2009-10)

Extension and Community Engagement

Public Talks

2015-2107 Dr. Haenn has presented to participants in the UNC Center for International Understanding's Latino Initiatives program on “Mexican Society: Points to Consider in Outreach to NC Latinos” 

 

Print Press:

2013 “When Mutant Mosquitos Attack” The New York Times Magazine. Online Feb 19.

Radio Interview:

2010 “The Truth about Migration” on The State of Things; Sept. 7; WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio

Select Newspaper Reports:

Melodelgado, Luis and Nora Haenn  2013 “¡Es Hora de Actuar!/It’s Time to Act!” Chatham County Line Vol. 11, issue 1.

__________  2012 “La Democracia Comienza en Casa/Democracy Begins at Home” Chatham County Line Vol. 10, issue 8.

__________  2012 “Gary Tyson – Dirigiendo con el Ejemplo/ Leading by Example – Chief Gary Tyson Speaks Out” Chatham County Line Vol. 10, issue 7.

__________  2012 “De Hambrientos y Cansados/Of the Tired and Hungry” Chatham County Line Vol. 10, issue 6.

__________  2012 “Retenes Móviles Eplotan al Inmigrante en Siler City/Siler City Roadblocks Exploit Undocumented Immigrants” Chatham County Line Vol. 10, issue 4.

Publications

Radel, C., B. Schmook, N. Haenn, and L. Green (2016) The Gender Dynamics of Conditional Cash Transfers and Smallholder Farming in Calakmul, Mexico. Women's Studies International Forum, DOI:10.1016/j.wsif.2016.06.004.

Haenn, N. (2016) The Middle-Class Conservationist: Social Dramas, and Blurred Identity Boundaries and their  Environmental Consequences in Mexican Conservation. Current Anthropology, 57(2), 197-218.

Navarro Olmedo, S., N. Haenn, B. Schmook, and C. Radel (2016) The Legacy of Mexico’s Agrarian Counter-Reforms: Reinforcing Social Hierarchies in Calakmul, Campeche. Journal of Agrarian Change, 16(1), 145-167.

Haenn, N., B. Schmook, Y. Reyes Martínez, and S. Calmé (2014) Improving Conservation Outcomes with Insights from Local Experts and Bureaucracies. Conservation Biology, 28(4), 951-958.

Haenn, N., E. Olson, J. Martinez-Reyes, and L. Durand (2014) Between Capitalism, the State, and the Grassroots: Mexico’s Contribution to a Global Conservation Debate. Conservation and Society,12(2), 111-119.

Haenn, N., B. Schmook, Y. Reyes Martínez and S. Calmé (2014) A Cultural Consensus Regarding the King   Vulture?: Preliminary Findings and their Application to Mexican Conservation. Ethnobiology and Conservation, 3(1), 1-22.

McCoy, R. and N. Haenn (2013) Gentlemen-Type Rules’ and ‘Back Room Deals’ in Public Participation: Natural Resource Management and a Fractured State in North Carolina. Journal of Political Ecology, 20, 444-459.

Haenn,N. (2011) “Who’s Got the Money Now?: Conservation-Development Meets the Nueva Ruralidad in Southern Mexico” in H. Kopnina and E. Shoreman, eds. Environmental Anthropology Today, Routledge Press.

Haenn, N. (2010) “A Sustaining Conservation for Mexico?” in International Handbook of Environmental Sociology. G. Woodgate and M. Redclift, eds. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, Pub.

Shoreman, E. and N. Haenn (2009) Regulation, Conservation, and Collaboration: Ecological Anthropology in the Mississippi Delta. Human Ecology 37: 95-107.

Haenn, N. (2006) The Changing and Enduring Ejido: A State and Regional Examination of Mexico’s Land Tenure Counter-Reforms.  Land Use Policy 23:136-146.

Haenn, N. (2004) New Rural Poverty: The Tangled Web of Environmental Protection and Economic Aid in Southern Mexico.  Journal on Poverty. 8(4):97-117. [Reprinted 2004 in Poverty and Inequality in the Latin American-U.S. Borderlands :Implications of U.S. Interventions,pp. 97-117, K. Kilty and E. Segal, eds. New York: Haworth Press.]

 

Presentations

Select recent presentations

2017 “Putting Money to Work”:How Local Elites in Mexico Try to Capture Migratory Wealth, How Migrant Families Resist This, and the Values this Encounter Reveals. Society for Economic Anthropology, Ames,IA.

2016 “Migration as Erotic Journey: Remittances, Residence and a Sexual Economy in Calakmul, Mexico.” 115th annual meetings of Am. Anth Assoc. Minneapolis, MN

2015  “Cell Phone Spouse:Technology and the Social Changes that Foster Enduring Mexican Migration.” 114th annual meetings of Am. Anth Assoc. Denver, CO.

2015  “Identidades y Conservación en el sureste de México.” El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chetumal, Mexico.

2014  “The Middle-Class Conservationist: Power, Marginality, and Conservation Career Paths in Mexico.”  International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.

2014  "Conservation Science as Hybrid Knowledge:  Social Class and The Transformation of Local Environmental Expertise in Calakmul, Mexico." CIMMYT: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico City.

2013 “What If People Choose Environmental Change?:  A Response to Resilience Theory from Southern Mexico” N. Haenn, B. Schmook and C. Radel, Society for Anthropology of North America, Durham, NC.

2012 “New Migration and Old U.S.-Mexico Ties” NCSU Office of International Affairs, Global Issues Seminar

2012  “State Transfer Payments, Gendered Labor Migration, and Women’s Resource Access and Control” C. Radel, B. Schmook, N. Haenn, and C. Méndez. Annual meetings of Conference of Latin American Geographers, Mérida, Mexico.

2011 “Methodologies for Nature-Society Research” Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

2011 “How Might Conservation be both Dominant and Marginal?” Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

2010 “The Ejido as Moral Authority: International Migration and the Globalized Ejido” with Birgit Schmook 70th Annual Meeting of Society for Applied Anthropology, Mérida, Mexico

2010  “Experiencias de los programas doctorales en el extranjero” El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal, Mexico

2009  “Metodologias cualitativas en el campo” ECOSUR’  El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal, Mexico

 

Graduate Advising

I advise M.A. students in the NCSU program in Anthropology. I also contribute to doctoral committees, especially in the areas of social forestry and environmental resources.

Responsibilities

Associate Professor Anthropology and International Studies

Director of Graduate Program, Anthropology

Co-PI IGERT in Genetic Engineering and Society

Education

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University, 1998
  • B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, 1989