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Ulmer, Gordon CV | October 2018

Dr. Gordon Lewis Ulmer

Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

3225 Daniel Avenue, Heroy Hall, Room 408, Dallas, TX 75205-1437

Email: glulmer@smu.edu

EDUCATION

2018 Ph.D. in Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Dissertation: “Extraction, Conservation, and Household Multiplicity in the

Peruvian Amazon” Advisor: Jeffrey H. Cohen, Professor

2011 M.A. in Anthropology, The Ohio State University

2009 B.A. in Anthropology (with Departmental Honors); minor in Sociology,

The University of Texas at Austin

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Environmental anthropology, applied anthropology, environmental health, illicit economies of

labor, polluted waterscapes, health and embodied inequality, disposability and precarity,

infrastructures, resource extraction and biodiversity conservation, surfing and public health, the

Anthropocene, urban ecology, qualitative methodology, Andes-Amazonia, Central America

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Southern

Methodist University

2013-18 Instructor of Record, Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State

University

2014-15 Visiting Fellow, National Amazonic University of Madre de Dios, Peru

FELLOWSHIPS

2014-2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

U.S. Department of Education; $44,141

2012-2013 Foreign Language and Areas Study (FLAS) in Quechua

U.S. Department of Education; $23,000

2011-2012 Foreign Language and Areas Study (FLAS) in Quechua

U.S. Department of Education; $23,000

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GRANTS & AWARDS

2016 Office of Energy & Environment Travel Grant

The Ohio State University; $500

2015 Edward J. Ray Travel Award

The Ohio State University; $750

2013 Office of International Affairs Travel Grant

The Ohio State University; $4,300

2013 Tinker Field Research Grant

Tinker Foundation; $2,200

2013 Elizabeth A. Salt Travel Award

The Ohio State University; $500

2013 Student Travel Award

Society for Economic Anthropology; $650

2012 Summer Institute for Research Design (SIRD) in Cultural Anthropology

NSF-sponsored tuition, room & board at Duke University Marine Lab

2012 Center for Latin American Studies Travel Award

The Ohio State University; $1,800 (Declined to attend SIRD)

PUBLICATIONS

Kawa, Nick; Ulmer, Gordon L. and Sidney Silverstein. 2018. Environmental Change,

Residential Relocation, and State-Led Redevelopment in the Peruvian Amazon.

Anthropology Today 34(2):14-17.

Ulmer, Gordon L. and Jeffrey H. Cohen. 2016. Ethnographic Inquiry in the ‘Digitized’

Fields of Madre de Dios, Peru and Oaxaca, Mexico: Methodological and Ethical Issues.

Anthropological Quarterly 89(2):535-556.

Ulmer, Gordon L. 2015. Gold Mining and Unequal Exchange in Western Amazonia.

disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory 24:1-23.

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

Kawa, Nick and Gordon L. Ulmer. Under review. Troubling Ecologies of the

Anthropocene: Floods, Garbage, and Disease in an Amazonian Urban Settlement.

American Anthropologist.

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MANUSCRIPTS IN PREP

Ulmer, Gordon L. The Earth is Hungry: Political ecologies of gold mining in the

Peruvian Amazon. Themed group submission in prep for 25th anniversary ‘jubilee’ issue

of Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Ulmer, Gordon L. and Nick Kawa. La Minga: Putting the Moral Economy to Work for

the State in Peruvian Amazonia. Nearing submission to Latin American Research

Review.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (FULL APPOINTMENTS)

2015-2018 Instructor of Record, Crisis! Anthropological Perspectives of Global Issues

Upper Level Capstone Course, The Ohio State University

Autumn 2015; Spring 2016; Summer 2016; Summer 2017; Autumn 2017; Spring

2018

2013-2014 Instructor of Record, Cultural Conflict in Developing Nations

Upper Level Capstone Course, The Ohio State University

Autumn 2013; Spring 2014

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018 Co-Instructor, Capacitación de las Prácticas Éticas y el Protocolo del Estudio

Epidemiológico de la Investigación MERA

Training program in anthropology, ethical social science research, and survey

collection, Southern Methodist University

2017 Co-Instructor and course developer, Music and Spanish in the Andes Language

Learning Academy

Summer language and culture program, Center for Latin American Studies

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES

2018 Paper Presentation, “Social reproduction, household ecology, and the

extraction-conservation nexus in Amazonia,” American Anthropological

Association Annual Conference, Expected November 14th-18th, 2018. San Jose,

California.

2018 Invited Lecture, “La multiplicidad de hogares en la Amazonía peruana”

Universidad de Costa Rica, hosted by El Programa de Maestría en Antropología,

September 7th, 2018, San Jose, Costa Rica.

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2017 Paper Presentation, “La tierra tiene hambre (Earth is hungry): Political

ecologies of gold and disposable labor in the Peruvian Amazon” for panel

“Conserving and Confounding Nature: The New Middle Grounds in Amazonia,”

American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, November 29th-

December 3rd, 2017, Washington D.C.

2017 Paper Presentation, “Troubling ecologies and creative adaptations: Living with

floods in urban Amazonia” with Nick Kawa, Ohio Latin Americanist Annual

Conference. October 20th-21st, 2017. Columbus, Ohio.

2016 Invited Lecture, “Precarious labor and neoliberal conservation in Western

Amazonia,” Case Western Reserve University, hosted by the Social

Justice Institute, November 12th, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio.

2016 Paper Presentation, “Contingent labor and occupational multiplicity in the

Peruvian Amazon,” American Anthropological Association Annual Conference,

November 16th-20th, 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2016 Conference and Workshop Co-Organizer, “Feria de Idiomas” (Language

Workshop) at the first annual Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures

of Latin America (ILCLA), hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies at

The Ohio State University, October 13th-16th, 2016

2015 Paper Presentation, “Ethnographic inquiry in the ‘digitized’ fields of Madre de

Dios, Peru and Oaxaca, Mexico: Methodological and ethical issues,” Roundtable

session: Strange new techniques and familiar friends: Current trends in

anthropology research methods, American Anthropological Association Annual

Conference, November 18th-22nd, 2015, Denver, Colorado.

2013 Paper Presentation, “Gender habitus and the cultural production of livelihood

disparities in Amazonia Peru,” Society for Economic Anthropology Annual

Conference, Washington University in Saint Louis. April 11th-13th, 2013, St.

Louis, Missouri.

2012 Paper Presentation, “Ecotourism and extractive economies in Madre de Dios,

Amazonia Peru,” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference on Nature/Society.

The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group, April 13th, 2012,

Lexington, Kentucky.

INVITED CAMPUS PRESENTATIONS

2017 Invited Lecture, “Intermodalities of anthropological inquiry,” Methodological

Colloquium hosted by College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State

University, April 7th, 2017, Columbus, Ohio.

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2015 Panel Discussant, Interdisciplinary panel on ethnographic research: “Field

methods seminar,” Hosted by Department of Spanish & Portuguese, The Ohio

State University, September 9th, 2015, Columbus, Ohio.

2014 Invited Lecture, “Extraction, conservation, and contingent labor in the Peruvian

Amazon,” Andes/Amazonia Working Group brown bag lunch series, The Ohio

State University, March 5th, 2014, Columbus, Ohio.

2013 Invited Lecture, “Ethnographies of la chamba in Amazonia Peru,” Tinker Talks,

Center for Latin American Studies, The Ohio State University, October 7th, 2013,

Columbus, Ohio.

2010 Paper Presentation, “Andean literati: The politics of ethno-history and social

memory,” Folklore, history, and memory: Ireland and beyond, Center for

Folklore Studies, The Ohio State University, February 19th, 2010, Columbus,

Ohio.

ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK TIMELINE

2018 MERA Project: Ethnographic research and surveys on water recreation and health

in Costa Rica, Southern Methodist University (ongoing)

2017 Graduate Research Associate, Center for Latin American Studies, The Ohio State

University

2016-present Ethnographic data analysis on relocation of residents in Belén, Iquitos, Peru.

Collaborative Project with Nick Kawa, The Ohio State University (ongoing)

2013-2015 Ethnographic research on extraction/conservation in Madre de Dios, Peru for

Ph.D. dissertation, The Ohio State University (18 months)

2013 Note taker/Transcriber for k-12 grade teacher focus groups, PAST Foundation

(1 month)

2012 Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology, NSF-sponsored

methods training program, Duke University Marine Lab (3 weeks)

2010-2011 Graduate Research Assistant, Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, The Ohio State

University, Supervisor: Doug Nelson (2 years)

2010 Ethnographic research in Amazonia Peru for M.A. thesis, The Ohio State

University (3 months)

2008 Ethnographic research in Amazonia Peru for honors project, University of Texas

at Austin (3 months)

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SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES & PUBLIC OUTREACH

2018 External reviewer, Faculty grants at Centro de Investigaciones Antropológicas,

Universidad de Costa Rica

2018 Student Mentor, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

2017 Student Mentor, Global Awareness Project, Granville High School, Columbus,

Ohio

2015-2017 Musician and Volunteer, Andean Music Ensemble, The Ohio State University

2014-2015 Workshop Co-leader, Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

(ACCA): Conservation workshops for school-aged children in Amazonia Peru

2013-2014 Diversity Committee Representative, Department of Anthropology, The Ohio

State University

2013 Guest Speaker, West Broad Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio: Conservation

in the Amazon Rainforest

2013 Volunteer, YWCA Family Center, Columbus, Ohio

2010-present Mentor, Undergraduate Anthropology Mentor Program, Ohio State University

2008-2010 Invited Participant, Scientific Saturdays, Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre

de Dios, Peru

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Atlas.ti; MAXQDA); Digital Audio Workstation and Video

Editing (Final Cut, Pro Tools, Ableton Live); Basic website design (WordPress), recording

(Livescribe pencasts, stereophonic field recorders), ODK and mobile devices

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Anthropological Association, Society for Economic Anthropology, Society for

Applied Anthropology

LANGUAGES

English- Native speaker

Spanish- Advanced

Quechua- Basic

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