Emily sitting next to a tree

Hale 135M

(BS Environmental Studies, 2004 Drexel University; MS Environmental Studies, 2011 Florida International University; Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, 2021 University of Colorado Boulder). Emily's research examined the intersection of Indigenous rights and hydropower development within the context of climate governance. She conducted ethnographic research in Costa Rica (where policy is enacted) and at international climate and hydropower meetings (where policy is orchestrated). Her dissertation research was funded by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and the International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Emily was the nominated recipient of the Graduate Part-time Instructor Appreciation award in spring 2021 for her hard work, creativity, and continued excellence in teaching.

Recent Publications: 

  • Hite, Emily B., Garvin, J., Slayback, D., Burke, E., Callahan, G., Joyce, P., and Whittaker, K. 2020. “Exploring the Human-Nature Dynamics of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha‘apai, Earth’s Newest Landmass.” Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 401. p 106902Hello! 
  • Hite, Emily B. 2020. “Ecotourism-as-Conservation: Investigating the decline of leatherback sea turtles in Playa Grande, Costa Rica.” In The Ecolaboratory: Environmental Governance and Economic Development in Costa Rica, edited by Robert Fletcher, Brian Dowd-Uribe, and Guntra Aistara. Ch13:205-218. University of Arizona Press.