Tom Özden-Schilling

Tom Özden-Schilling is an assistant professor of Department of Anthropology. He received his Ph.D from the MIT Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) in 2016. Tom’s work investigates how expert institutions in rural communities in North America conceptualize social continuity and change during times of disruption and uncertainty. His current book project, Salvage Cartographies: Mapping Futures in a Northern Forest, explores how digital media and institutional restructuring have affected relationships between forest ecologists and indigenous Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists currently studying the effects of climate change and forestry practices on the traditional territories of the Gitxsan and Gitanyow First Nations in British Columbia, Canada.