Rebecca Hardin grew up in Tennessee not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hence her interest in human/animal interactions, and the history and cultural politics of parks and protected areas. She attended Brown University for her undegraduate degree, and then served three years in the Peace Corps as a beekeeper and conservation volunteer in Central African Republic (CAR). She was a Fulbright scholar in CAR, and completed field research there for her PhD in cultural/social anthropology at Yale University. Rebecca held successive postdoctoral fellowships at Yale, Harvard, and the French Institute of Research for Development's Laboratoire ERMES in Orleans, France. She has been a visting professor in Political Science at the Unvierstiy of Paris 1 (Sorbonne), and in the Paris Museum of Natural History's Departement of Society and Nature, in the EthnoEcology lab. She held tenure track appointments in Montreal, Canada at McGill University's Department of Anthropology and School of Environment, before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan.
Rebecca is the current Environmental Justice Field of Study coordinator, interested in linking issues of environmental risk in Africa to those here in our backyards in Michigan. Recent publications in Environmental Research Letters and other journals explore transnational environmental justice movements in relation to grassroots accountability and community dynamics.
Rebecca has maintained a publication record in both French and English, editing special issue of the journal Anthropologie et Societes, and contributing chapters to French language books on environmental governance in equatorial Africa She has also recently published articles in journals ranging from Conservation Biology to Current Anthropology; her most recent book, co-edited with Kamari Clarke, is Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge. published by University of Wisconsin Press in 2011.