Professor of Anthropology; Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), Rice University
Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Spring 2020
Dominic Boyer is an anthropologist at Rice University, where he specializes in the study of energy, climate, politics, and society. He completed his BA at Brown University and PhD at the University of Chicago and taught at Chicago and Cornell University before joining Rice, in 2009. Boyer’s books include Spirit and System: Media, Intellectuals, and the Dialectic in Modern German Intellectual Culture (Chicago, 2005) and The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era (Cornell, 2013), which outlines how the rise of digital information technology combined with the spread of neoliberal policy regimes unsettled newsmaking, news circulation, and how journalists exercise their authority. His book Energopolitics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene is forthcoming with Duke (2019). Boyer has received awards from the National Science Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, and Wenner-Gren Foundation. He has held visiting fellowships at the EHESS-Paris, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, and Durham University. Boyer completed a large NSF-funded field-research project, with Cymene Howe, on the political culture of wind-power development in Southern Mexico; they are now focusing on the cultural and social dimensions of ice loss and sea-level rise.