Spicer Winner 2013
Amy Samuelson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation, which explores environmentalism in the Republic of Moldova, is based on 14 months of ethnographic field research funded largely by a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It considers the diverse forms of environmentalism that have emerged in Moldova, including rural sanitation initiatives, nature conservation, and urban youth activism. It pays particular attention to the perceived and real divisions between older and younger generations of activists and between urban and rural areas in the context of environmental projects.
Amy has also conducted ethnographic research in Romania as a fellow at the New Europe College in Bucharest and with support from the Council for European Studies. Most recently she has focused on two environmental campaigns fighting the influence of foreign corporations on Romanian communities and local ecologies. One campaign targets a planned gold mine in Transylvania and the other aims to prevent the exploration and exploitation of shale gas reserves using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in eastern Romania. Amy received her MA in anthropology from Colorado State University. Her master’s thesis examined conservation decision making by agricultural producers in South Dakota.