Paolo Bocci

Paolo Bocci

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program


I am a cultural anthropologist interested in citizenship, agriculture, and ecology in Ecuador. I have conducted over two years of fieldwork on the Galapagos Islands looking at conservation and agriculture in the highlands of the inhabited islands of the archipelago. I write about alternative ways for nature and society to coexist 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', 'care', and 'resilience'.

Education & Training

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

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. “Utopian Conservation: Scientific Humanism, Evolution, and Island Imaginaries on the Galápagos Islands.” Science Technology and Human Values, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0162243919889135. 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