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Professor of Anthropology, Rice University

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Spring 2023


Cymene Howe is a professor of anthropology at Rice University. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD from the University of New Mexico. Her books include Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Duke, 2019), The Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon (Punctum, 2020, edited with Anand Pandian), and Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua (Duke, 2013). Howe has also been active in initiatives including the memorial for Okjökull (Iceland’s Ok Glacier), the film Not Ok: A Little Movie about a Small Glacier at the End of the World, the installation Aeolian Politics, and edited volumes such as The Anthropocene Unseen and Unda: A Graphic Novelette of Lived Energy. Howe is currently collaborating with colleagues on Solarities: Being in the Time of Sun and The Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Cornell University, Durham University, and the Mellon Foundation, among others.

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