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Alexandra Spielhagen

About Alexandra Spielhagen

I am a sociocultural anthropology student with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2006, I spent several years working both domestically and internationally as a commercial whitewater raft guide. My time as an adventure tourism professional, particularly in Australia, along with my previous fieldwork experience examining the litigation of American Indian burial rights, has influenced my current research interests in environmental politics, power, and identity in Tasmania. Generally, I am interested in how bodies and the environment, through various histories, institutions, practices, and ontologies, influence each other and are part of each other in ways both abstract and physical. I examine all of this, however, believing we have a critical stake in questioning our categorizations of nature and culture, human and non-human, as such hierarchies are often deeply implicated in the specific dynamics of race, class, and gender. I am also interested in incorporating ethnographic filmmaking into my dissertation fieldwork.


Recent Awards

2011-2014    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

2010-2011    University of Arizona Excellence Fellowship

Areas of Study

Tasmania, Pacific Northwest, Latin America


R.A., Dr. Linda Green, Anthropology and Latin American Studies (UA): assisting with research for her forthcoming book (2013-present)

R.A., Dr. Susan Stryker, Gender and Women's Studies and the Institute for LGBT Studies (UA): Managing Editor for the Somatechnics Journal and Somatechnics Research Network (2013-present)

"Stories from Seeds," a video project in partnership with the Pima County Library Seed Library about the Seed Library, local food movements, community gardens, and other alternative food and gardening practices in the greater Tucson area (2012-13)

Intern, Dr. Diane Austin, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (UA): Tucson Refugee Project (2010-2011)

Research Interests

wilderness, bodies, power, landscape, riverscape, adventure, law, indigenous rights, environmentalism, social change, colonialism, new materialism, somatechnics, queer theory

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Contact Information


PhD, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, in progress

MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2014

AB, Anthropology, Dartmouth College, 2006