- Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Anthropology, 2005
“Casting a wide net: Decision-making in a Mexican Marine Park.”
Committee: Joel Robbins (chair), Roy D’Andrade (co-chair), Shirley Strum, Ed Hutchins, David Kirsh, Mark Spalding
- M.A. University of California, San Diego, Anthropology, 1999
- B.A. Rice University, Biochemistry, 1997
- 2016-present Associate professor, UNC Charlotte Department of Anthropology
- 2015-2016 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
- 2010-2016 Assistant professor, UNC Charlotte Department of Anthropology
- 2009-2010 Visiting assistant professor, Barnard College Department of Anthropology
- 2009 Associate Research Scientist, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University
- 2005-2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University
- 2007 Adjunct Professor, Barnard College Department of Anthropology
- 2004-2005 Visiting fellow, Center for US-Mexican Studies, UCSD
- 2004 Teaching Assistant, UCSD International Studies Program, with Nancy Postero
- 2000-2004 Research Assistant with David Kirsh, Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD
- 2000-2003 Instructor, introductory writing courses, Muir College Writing Program, UCSD
- 1998-2000 Research Assistant with Michael Cole, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, UCSD
- 1998-1999 Teaching assistant, UCSD Department of Anthropology, with Joel Robbins and Steve Parish
- Introduction to Anthropology (four field, undergraduate)
- Applied anthropology (undergraduate seminar/practicum, graduate)
- Introduction to Environmental Anthropology (undergraduate)
- Ethnographic methods (undergraduate and graduate seminar)
- Environment and Development (undergraduate seminar)
- Political ecology (undergraduate and graduate seminar)
- Anthropology and the politics of climate change (undergraduate seminar)
- Directed readings:
- Environmental anthropology and arctic climate change (graduate student)
- States and environment (graduate student)
- Ecotourism (undergraduate)
- Food security (undergraduate)
- Environmental decision-making mini-course (for the MA Program in Climate and Society, Columbia University)
- Culture and Consumption (co-taught graduate seminar)
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Environment, economic development, and change in Mexican fishing communities, Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
- Urban food access in Charlotte, NC (a collaboration with Friendship Gardens)
- Integrated Network for Social Sustainability
Research interests: food systems, adaptation to environmental and social change, decision-making, political ecology, climate change, institutions and organizations, participatory processes, sustainability, applied anthropology
Boyer, RHW, Peterson, ND, Arora, P, and Caldwell, K. 2016. Five Approaches to Social Sustainability and an Integrated Way Forward. Sustainability 8(9), 878; doi:10.3390/su8090878
Arora, P., Peterson, N., Bert, F., and Podesta, G. 2016. Managing the Triple Bottom Line for Sustainability: A Case Study of Argentine Agribusinesses. Sustainability: Science, Policy, and Practice 12(1)
Peterson, N. 2016. Introduction to the special issue on social sustainability: integration, context, and governance. Sustainability: Society, Practice, and Policy 12(1)
Peterson, N., and D. Osgood. 2016. Insuring the rain as climate adaptation in an Ethiopian agricultural community. Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions, Second Edition. Eds. Susie Crate and Mark Nuttall. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
Peterson, N. 2015. Unequal sustainabilities: The role of social inequalities in conservation and development projects. Economic Anthropology 2(2): 264-277.
Peterson, N. and C. Isenhour. 2014. Introduction: Moving Beyond the ‘Rational Actor’ in Environmental Governance and Conservation. Conservation and Society 12(3):229-232.
Peterson, N. 2014. Breaking the bounds of rationality: Values, relationships, and decision-making in Mexican fishing communities. Conservation and Society 12(3):245-256.
Peterson, N. 2014. “We are daughters of the sea”: Strategies, networks, and gender in a Mexican women’s cooperative. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 19(1): 148–167.
Norton, Michael, Daniel Osgood, Malgosia Madajewicz, Eric Holthaus, Nicole Peterson, Rahel Diro, Conner Mullally, Tse-Ling Teh & Mengesha Gebremichael. 2014. Evidence of Demand for Index Insurance: Experimental Games and Commercial Transactions in Ethiopia, The Journal of Development Studies, 50(5):630-648.
Peterson, N. 2012 Developing climate adaptation: The intersection of climate research and development programmes in index insurance, Development and Change 43(2): 557-584.
Arora, P, Peterson, N, Krantz, D, Hardisty, D, and Reddy, K. 2012 When is a Social Dilemma not a Dilemma: Experimental Evidence for the Impact of Social Affiliation on Cooperation. Journal of Economic Psychology 33(4): 842-853.
Peterson, N. 2011. Climate Change Adaptation through Micro-Insurance in Ethiopia. CourseReader: Anthropology. Detroit: Gale. ISBN-10: 1111769559
Peterson, N. 2011. Excluding to include: (Non)participation in Mexican natural resource management. Agriculture and Human Values 28 (1): 99-107, as part of an organized symposium, “Participatory processes in agricultural development projects.” doi: 10.1007/s10460-010-9258-x
Glezner, K., Peterson, N., and Roncoli, C. 2011. Introduction to symposium on rethinking farmer participation in agricultural development: development, participation, and the ethnography of ambiguity. Agriculture and Human Values 28(1):97.
Peterson, N. 2010. Choices, Options, and Constraints: Decisions in Natural Resource Management. Human Organization 69(1): 54-64.
Peterson, N, K. Broad, B. Orlove, A. Pfaff, C. Roncoli, R. Taddei, M. Velez. 2010. Participatory processes and climate forecast use: sociocultural context, discussion, and consensus. Climate and Development 2(1): 1-16. doi:10.3763/cdev.2010.0033
Patt, A, Peterson, N, Carter, M, Velez, M, Hess, U, Pfaff A, and Suarez, P. 2009. Making index insurance attractive to farmers. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 14 (8): 737-753. DOI 10.1007/s11027-009-9196-3
Peterson, N. and Broad, K. 2009. Climate and Weather Discourse in Anthropology: From Determinism to Uncertain Futures. Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions, Eds. Susie Crate and Mark Nuttall. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
Hellmuth M.E., Osgood D.E., Hess U., Moorhead A. and Bhojwani H. (eds) 2009. Index insurance and climate risk: Prospects for development and disaster management. Climate and Society No. 2. International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia University, New York, USA. (contributing author)
Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. 2009. The Psychology of Climate Change Adaptation: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public. New York. Guide.cred.columbia.edu (contributing author)
Krantz, D., Peterson, N., Arora, P., Milch, K., Orlove, B. 2008. Individual Values and Social Goals in Environmental Decision Making. In Decision Modeling and Behavior in Uncertain and Complex Environments, Eds. Kugler, T.; Smith, J.C.; Connolly, T.; Son, Y.-J. Springer Press.
Broad, K., Bolson,J., Clement, A., Balstad, R., Marx, S., Peterson, N., Ramirez, I. 2007. Climate and Human Health: Physics, Policy and Possibilities. Oceans and Human Health: Risks and Remedies from the Sea, Eds. Walsh, P.J., S.L. Smith, L.E. Fleming, H. Solo-Gabriele, W.H. Gerwick. Elsevier Science Publishers, New York.
Kirsh, D., Peterson, N., and Lenert, L. 2005. Toward An Ontology of Geo-Reasoning to Aid Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction. American Medical Informatics Association Annu Symp Proc. 2005; 2005: 400–404. Awarded the Diana Forsythe Award.
REPORTS (with students)
Peterson, N, K. Blanchett, E. Bukhamseen, P. Bynam, C. Gattis, J. Lomax, J. Mack, A. Rhoades, T. Spring, A. Thring, S. Walsh. 2015. Niner Food Pantry Need Assessment and Evaluation. Report to UNC Charlotte Niner Food Pantry, Charlotte, NC.
Peterson, Nicole, Arafat AbuKhalaf, William Alberts, Yuriko Arizumi, Victoria Byrum, Christina Claudio, Jonathan Ford, Michelle Gray, Danelle Haggerson, Tionna Henderson, Ronada Hewitt, Kyle Hickman, Eric Holsinger, Ashley Hovis, Benjamin Johnson, Briauna Jones, Amira Kalala, Joseph Larrimore, Savannah Larimore, Dawnya Little, Raven Lovelace, Nicholas Mathis, Noah Maximov, Jarrod Moore, Jonimay Morgan, Gabrielle Peterson, Patrick Preudhomme, Megan Samuels, G Trevor Stilphen, Christopher Tenny, and Melissa Washington. 2014. Assessment of Friendship Gardens’ Garden Leader Experiences. Report to Friendship Gardens, Charlotte, NC.
Peterson, Nicole, Jessica Ballard, Lauren Ballard, Rebecca Bubp, Josh Buck, Mary Cassada, Ucha David, Benjamin Douglas, Monica Dyer, Brianna Fulp, Bryan Guess, Athina Hinson, Eric Holsinger, Michele Kohan, Kristy Lally, Nicholas Evan Mathis, Erica McLeod, Gabrielle Peterson, Patrick Preudhomme, Hayden Sisk, Lauren Whipp. 2013. Assessment of the Friendship Gardens Mobile Market in Spring 2013. Report to Friendship Gardens, Charlotte, NC.
RECENT PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS, AND INVITED LECTURES
“Governing Engaged Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Challenges for Climate Change.” Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Santa Fe, NM March 28-April 2, 2017.
“The Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS): A Collaborative Approach to Strengthen Sustainability’s Neglected Third Leg.” Presentation given at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, January 12, 2017
“Planning for interdisciplinary, community-oriented, and networked sustainability programs.” Co-authors Brett Tempest, Robert Boyer, and the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference, October 2016
“The Integrated Network for Social Sustainability: A Collaborative Approach to Strengthen Sustainability’s Neglected Third Leg.” Co-authors Helene Hilger, Robert Boyer, Brett Q. Tempest, Thomas A Gentry, and Gary S. Silverman. Presented at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference June 24, 2015, San Diego, CA.
“Perceiving the environment through relationships: Argentinian agribusiness owners’ decisions about management and their relationships with neighbors” Presented at the INSS Annual Conference April 10, 2015. With Poonam Arora.
“Ethical Economies and Community Capital: Revaluing Connections Between Economy, Environment, and Society” Presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC. Dec 5, 2014
“Integrated Network for Social Sustainability” Presented at the International Conference on Sustainability and Resilience, London, UK, Nov 4, 2014
“ ‘Will People Buy Vegetables in the Bus Fumes?’: Class Research on a Mobile Farmers Market” Poster presented at the UNCC Service Learning Showcase, May 2014.
“Women’s Work and Adaptation to Ecological and Economic Changes in Mexican Fishing Communities.” Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Nov 24, 2013.
“Social Sustainability: A Case for a New Conversation.” UNCC Ethics Center Symposium (April, 2013) with Jen Munroe
“Unequal sustainabilities: The role of social inequalities in conservation and development projects.” Society for Economic Anthropology Meetings, St. Louis, MO, April 2013.
“Toothless vigilance and the politics of government conservation.” Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Denver, CO, March 19-23, 2013.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: Science and Technology Policy Fellowship 2015-2016
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, UNC Charlotte, “Acquiring skills, critical engagement, and professionalization through research-based service learning in Applied Anthropology” (2014)
- Junior Faculty Award, UNC Charlotte. “Strategies of the commons: Environment and economy of a Mexican fishing village” (2013)
- Faculty Research Grant, UNC Charlotte, “Causes and Consequences of Problems of Food Access in Charlotte, NC” (2013)
- NSF: Research Coordination Networks, Engineering and Education for Sustainability track: Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS): Concepts, Language, and Assessment. Principal investigator. (2012)
- Faculty Research Grant, UNC Charlotte, “Global Commodities, Social Networks, and Agency in a Mexican Fishing Community” (2011)
- NSF: Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. Senior personnel (2010)
- Center for Global Sustainability and Development Seed Grant, The Earth Institute, “Insuring the rain: Drought index insurance and farmer decision-making.” (2006)
- Board Vice Chair, Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, 2017-present
- Editorial board for Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 2014-present
- Board Member, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, 2015-present
- Board Member, Environment and Anthropology Society, 2014-2016
- Member, Charlotte Food Policy Council’s Experts Panel 2011-2016
- Organizer, Society for Applied Anthropology panel, Anthropologists Influencing Climate Change Policies and Programs in Government, Non-Profits, and Other Organizations, March 2016, Vancouver, Canada
- Faculty mentor of two Charlotte Community Scholars, summer undergraduate research program, 2015
- Board Member, Society for Economic Anthropology, 2011-2014
- Co-organizer, panel and roundtable on Contemporary theory in Environmental Anthropology at the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC, Dec 5, 2014
- Organizer, Society for Applied Anthropology roundtable, Pedagogies of Practice: Using class research projects to teach applied anthropology, March 2014, Albuquerque NM, with Susan Andreatta
- Organizer, Society for Economic Anthropology Schneider Prize for graduate and undergraduate student papers, 2011-2013
- Co-organizer of special issue of Conservation and Society, “Moving beyond the Legacy of the Rational Actor and Individual Responsibility”
- Organizer, Society for Economic Anthropology Schneider Prize for graduate and undergraduate student papers, 2011-present
- Co-organizer of panel, Environmental Governance and Policy: Moving beyond the Legacy of the Rational Actor and Individual Responsibility, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, Nov 19, 2011.
- Workshop participant, NSF Short course in research methods in Anthropology: Ethnoecology, August 2011
- Co-organizer of roundtable: Anthropology in a Box: Extending the Reach of Anthropology in Institutional Settings. Chairs: Lanclos, Donna, Fuentes, Catherine, and Peterson, Nicole (UNC- Charlotte). Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Seattle, WA, March 30, 2011.
- Co-organizer of symposium of papers, “Participatory processes in agricultural development,” for Agriculture and Human Values, published in 2011.
- Reader, Society for Economic Anthropology Schneider Prize for student papers, 2009-2010
- Judge, Environment and Anthropology Rappaport Prize for graduate student papers, 2009
- Contributor, Greening the American Anthropological Association Working Group, 2008
LANGUAGES AND OTHER SKILLS
- Fluency in spoken and written Spanish
- Proficiency with online course materials and webpage design (Courseworks, Moodle, Canvas, WordPress, Dreamweaver)
- Proficiency in data analysis software (SPSS, R, NVivo)