Heather Anne Swanson

Heather Anne Swanson Researcher

Heather Anne Swanson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University, as well as Director of the Aarhus University Centre for Environmental Humanities (https://ceh.au.dk). With a long-standing interest in fish, rivers, and oceans, her current work broadly explores how political economies and ecologies are intertwined. Swanson has been a founding member of several research groups that focus on transdisciplinary methods and collaboration across the natural and social sciences, including the Carlsberg Foundation-funded Ecological Globalization group and the Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene project (headed by Anna Tsing). She is a co-editor of Domestication Gone Wild: Politics and Practices of Multispecies Relations (Duke University Press) and Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet (Minnesota University Press), as well as the author of numerous articles on topics ranging from Japanese salmon hatcheries to railroad infrastructure. Her new book, Spawning Modern Fish: Transnational Comparison in the Making of Japanese Salmon (Univ of Washington Press), is forthcoming in 2022.

Image credit: Rogvi Johansen/Aarhus University