Paolo Bocci

Paolo Bocci

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program


I am a cultural anthropologist interested in socio-environmental crisis and remediation in Ecuador. I conducted over two years of fieldwork on the Galapagos Islands looking at conservation, agriculture, and ecology in the highlands of the inhabited islands of the archipelago.  I write about environmental activism and experimentation in alternative to state-mandated forms of "living well" ('buen vivir') and rights to nature.  I draw on feminist science studies and more-than-human anthropology to challenge dominant paradigms used to address the Anthropocene in social sciences and beyond, such as 'resistance' /'resilience', 'sustainability', and 'care'. I engage with decolonial methodologies to develop research projects that are collective and always in dialogue with the local community.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2017

Bocci, P. “Utopian Conservation: Scientific Humanism, Evolution, and Island Imaginaries on the Galápagos Islands.” Science Technology and Human Values, vol. 45, no. 6, Nov. 2020, pp. 1168–94. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0162243919889135. Full Text

Bocci, P. “Planting the seeds of the future: EschatoloGical environmentalism in the time of the anthropocene.” Religions, vol. 10, no. 2, Feb. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.3390/rel10020125. Full Text

Bocci, P. “Tangles of care: Killing goats to save tortoises on the Galápagos Islands.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 32, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 424–49. Scopus, doi:10.14506/ca32.3.08. Full Text