Jane Gibson, Ph.D.

Jane Gibson.jpgJane Gibson completed an MS in environmental studies in 1985 at Baylor University and a PhD in anthropology in 1992 at the University of Florida where she was a Presidential Graduate Research Fellow. Since 1992, she has been on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Kansas where she teaches and conducts research in applied cultural anthropology. She has received teaching and research awards including the Robert C. McNetting Prize for Outstanding Paper in the Journal of Political Ecology. Gibson’s research interests sit at the interface of cultural and ecological systems.  She began with a study of scale bias in Texas agriculture followed by her dissertation project, a study of alligator hunting and the development of state management of Florida wildlife. Subsequent applied projects included an NSF-funded study of the effects on household livelihood security of community and environmental transformation from diversified economies to ecotourist destinations in Costa Rica; a study funded by NOAA of shrimp and oyster harvesting communities in southern-most Louisiana; a National Park Service study of communities displaced by creation of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways; and an interdisciplinary NSF-funded EPSCoR project focused on farmer decision-making under conditions of climate change and a growing biofuels industry in Kansas. Her current project explores the social, ecological and ideological implications of automation and digital technologies on industrial agriculture. Gibson has published in Practicing Anthropology, Human Organization, and CAFÉ. Her most recent publications are found in the forthcoming volume entitled In Defense of Farmers: The Future of Agriculture in the Shadow of Corporate Power, Jane W. Gibson and Sara E. Alexander, eds. (2019 University of Nebraska Press). Gibson chaired the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas from 2009-2015, was appointed interim Secretary to the Society for Applied Anthropology in 2015, and was then elected to that position for a three-year term from 2016-2019. Gibson was appointed Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology in 2007.