Stuart Kirsch conducts research in the Pacific and the Amazon on indigenous politics and the environment. He has also consulted widely on these issues, including work on the lawsuit against the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, for the Nuclear Claims Tribunal in the Marshall Islands, on conservation and development in Papua New Guinea, and on mining and property rights in the Solomon Islands and Suriname. He has held research appointments at the University of Cambridge, where he collaborated on cultural property rights, the University of Manchester, where he contributed to a project about resource extraction and conflict in the Andes, Goldsmiths’ College in London, where he held a fellowship in Urgent Anthropology, and the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University. He taught at Mount Holyoke College for four years before coming to the University of Michigan in 1995. He teaches courses on engaged anthropology, environmental anthropology, the anthropology of property, indigenous political movements, and the Pacific.
Professor Kirsch has received fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others.