Dr. Elizabeth Marino

authorphoto4.jpgDr. Elizabeth Marino is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sustainability at Oregon State University - Cascades. She is interested in the relationships among climate change, risk perception, slow and rapid onset disasters, human migration, and the social construction of vulnerability.  She is also interested in how people make sense and meaning out of changing environmental and social conditions. Elizabeth is an author on the forthcoming National Climate Assessment, has worked with the Humboldt Forum in Berlin on representations of climate change and disasters, and has worked with the Emmet Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law on issues of environmental refugees and displaced peoples. She is also a founding member of the Culture & Action Disaster Network: www.cultureanddisaster.org. Her research has been funded by NSF, CDC, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the European Science Foundation. Dr. Marino is the author of numerous articles; and her book "Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: an Ethnography of Climate Change in Shishmaref, Alaska" was released in 2015.


It is an honor to be nominated for the Nominations and Elections Committee for the Society for Applied Anthropology. As an anthropologist studying disasters and climate change, the application of anthropological knowledge has always been a crucial tenant of my work. In disaster contexts, social systems inequity and marginalization are acute – and moving knowledge towards understanding and action feels necessary. As such, and as I know many of my colleagues also feel, the SfAA is a home base. This is a community I would be honored to serve.

As a member of the nominations committee I would bring my experiences as an organizational leader to bear. I have acted as program chair in my department and have organized the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability west coast site conference. More importantly, I am committed to being available and proactive in continuing the great legacy of this organization into the future. I am interested in new forms of communication and in providing opportunities for the widest pool of people to act as SfAA leadership.

For me, the nominations committee is an opportunity to serve. It is a committee of procedure and process, which quietly does the business of ensuring equity and consistency among SfAA leadership. I believe these procedures and processes are necessary to functioning, transparent, and fair institutions. I hope to carry this ideal forward.