Megan N. Prunty
2007 SfAA Student Endowed Award Winner

endowed_prunty.jpgBroadly speaking, my research is located within the field of environmental anthropology and examines the relationships that people and communities develop to ‘the environment’.  More specifically, I look at how individuals come to see themselves as stewards for the environment.  I am interested in the ways in which these environmental subjectivities are then acted upon by association with activist organizations, non-profit organizations, community development corporations and government agencies. 

My local research in Philadelphia examines ‘greening projects’ throughout the city.  I look at the ways in which various projects, such as urban farms, community gardens and brownfield redevelopment, employ ideas about nature.  I am concerned with how discourses of nature and the environment, as aesthetic ideals, are further depicted as having the power to create ‘community’ and transform urban neighborhoods. 

I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Anthropology at Temple University.