Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Jeffrey Hoelle earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida. His research include economic and ecological anthropology, and conservation and development in Latin America. He is currently focused on understanding the economic and cultural factors that contribute to the expansion of cattle raising in the western Amazon state of Acre, Brazil. The project also examines the symbolic practices and preferences for a cattle-centered rural life that are expressed in cauboi (cowboy) and contri (country) popular culture in Acre. His interest in the economic, ecological, and cultural relationships between humans and cattle in Amazonia provides the foundation for an emerging research project comparing “cattle cultures” in the Americas, Africa, and India. His forthcoming book is titled Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture in Western Amazonia.
Personal Homepage: Hoelle Lab
EH Course: Environmental Anthropology