Krista Harper

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Curriculum Vitae


B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1992; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1999

Area(s) of Specialization:

Ethnographic, qualitative and participatory action research methods; applied anthropology and design ethnography; the anthropology of Europe; and urban mobilizations around the environment, food justice, and placemaking. Harper has conducted ethnographic research in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States.

Research Description:

Krista Harper is Professor of Anthropology and Public Policy. She is an expert in the anthropology of Europe; qualitative and participatory action research methods; and citizens’ mobilizations concerning the environment, food justice, and urban space. The recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, Harper has conducted long-term ethnographic field research in Hungary, Belgium, Portugal, and the United States, most recently investigating urban gardens, social cohesion, and economic crisis in Lisbon, Portugal. Harper is the PI (with Prof. Jacqueline Urla) of two three-year international research and training grants from the National Science Foundation for the “Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS)” program (NSF IIA 1261127 and NSF OISE-0986575, total funding $399,722). This initiative of the UMass European Field Studies program sponsors international research by students in partnership with the University of Barcelona and other universities, museums, and institutes in Europe. Prof. Harper has an ongoing research partnership with the University Libraries at UMass, combining design ethnography and research methods training for undergraduate and graduate students.

Key Publications:

2016 The Anthropology of Postindustrialism: Ethnographies of Disconnection. Ismael Vaccaro, Krista Harper, and D. Seth Murray, eds. New York: Routledge.

2015 Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action. Aline Gubrium, Krista Harper, and Marty Otañez, eds. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast/Routledge.

2013 Participatory Visual and Digital Methods. Gubrium, Aline, and Krista Harper. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast/Routledge.

2006 Wild Capitalism: Environmental Activism and Postsocialist Political Ecology in Hungary. Boulder, CO and New York: East European Monographs/Columbia.