B.A., Western Michigan University, 2003; M.A., Western Michigan University, 2006; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015
Area(s) of Specialization:
Post-Capitalism, Community Economies, Ontological Politics, Higher Education, Engaged Research and Pedagogy
My research interests coalesce around critical investigations of capitalism and efforts to imagine and organize around hidden, suppressed, or unrealized ways of being in the world. I work with groups and movements that are involved in or organizing around ethical ways of producing, distributing, and consuming stuff. In particular, I am interested in economic subjectivity, neoliberal development, post-capitalism and ontological politics, activism and community engagement, political ecology, and public anthropology.
I live with my 11-year-old daughter in Amherst. We like to play badminton, swim, garden, read, watch movies, and goof around.
2017 Learning Under Neoliberalism: Explorations of Neoliberal Governance at the University. Edited with Sue Hyatt and Susan Wright. Berghahn Press.
2015 Loh, Penn and Shear, Boone W. Solidarity Economy and Community Development: Emerging Cases in Three Massachusetts Cities. Community Development. 46 (3): 1-17.
2014 Shear, Boone W. Making the Green Economy: Politics, Desire, and Economic Possibility. Journal of Political Ecology. 21: 193-209.
2013 Shear, Boone W. and Vin Lyon-Callo. Kalamazoo’s Promise: Exploring the Violence of Economic Development. City and Society. 25(1): 70-91.