A Rat’s Journey There and Back Again

In early August of this year, my partner and I took a much needed vacation to South Padre Island. While visiting, we decided to go snorkeling in Laguna Madre, one of only six hypersaline lagoons in the world. We saw many small fish, lots of large black drums, maybe a barracuda, and tons of hermit…

Abstract: Of People and Peccaries: Perception and Politics in the Texas Hill Country

I am giving a talk in October for the Royal Anthropological Institute: https://www.therai.org.uk/conferences/anthropology-and-conservation/panels#10866 Here is the abstract for my talk based on original research at one of my fieldsites in the Texas Hill Country. Javelinas (Pecari tajacu) are porcine-like mammals that range from the southwest United States to northern Argentina. While common in west and…

Fall 2021 Syllabus: Introduction to Anthropology

(NOTE: SOME OF THE FORMATTING IS OFF IN TRANSLATION FROM WORD TO THE BLOG. I HAVE MADE THE PDF AVAILABLE BELOW) ANTH 103: Introduction to Anthropology Virginia Commonwealth University, Fall 2021 Location: Canvas/Zoom Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:15pm Instructor: Adam Johnson Email: Office Hours: By appointment This syllabus contains policies and expectations I have established…

Qualifying Exam Essay: Javelinas in SPAAAACE and Time

I have passed my qualifying exams and so am making my essays available on my blog. The other essays can be found: Attending to Animals in Anthropology and Power and Politics Within and Beyond the Human. Question: How have different disciplines placed javelinas in cultural, ecological, historical, archaeological, and other frameworks within and beyond Texas?…

Qualifying Exam Essay: Power and Politics Within and Beyond the Human

I have passed my qualifying exams and so am making my essays available on my blog. The other essays can be found: Attending to Animals in Anthropology and Javelinas in SPAAAACE and Time. Question: In Society against the State (1989), Pierre Clastres argues that a serious failing of Western philosophy and social theory is an inability to…

Qualifying Exam Essay: Attending to Animals in Anthropology

I have passed my qualifying exams and so am making my essays available on my blog. The other essays can be found: Power and Politics Within and Beyond the Human and Javelinas in SPAAAACE and Time. Question: In a recent essay, Laura Ogden argues “that the biological species is a limited lens for understanding the…

Fieldwork Diary July 8-9, 2021

I am conducting research across Texas on Human and javelina relations. I am interested in how humans and other animals negotiate space at sites of encounter. During this trip out to one of my fieldsites in the Texas Hill Country, I wanted to document the quality of javelina bedding sites (which you can see in…

Qualifying Exams Reading List: Javelinas and Texas through Space and Time

Altrichter, Mariana. “The sustainability of subsistence hunting of peccaries in the Argentine Chaco.” Biological Conservation 126, no. 3 (2005): 351-362. Bement, Leland C. Hunter-gatherer mortuary practices during the Central Texas Archaic. University of Texas Press, 1994. Bleicher, Sonny S., and Michael L. Rosenzweig. “Too much of a good thing? A landscape-of-fear analysis for collared peccaries (Pecari tajacu) reveals…