Drew (Richard) Marcantonio holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) (2016) and a B.A. in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas at Austin (2009). Prior to beginning his graduate work at SPEA, Drew served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer and Foreign Military Advisor in Afghanistan. During his graduate studies at SPEA he led a research project in Zambia, working with smallholder farmers to understand local perceptions of, and responses to, water scarcity. Drew is currently pursuing a dual-PhD in Peace Studies and Anthropology at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Anthropology Department at the University of Notre Dame. His current research is centered on developing a concept of environmental violence, specifically investigating human responses to disruptive environmental change and the relationship between conflict and the impacts of environmental change. As part of this project, Drew is currently conducting field research in Northern Province, Sierra Leone, where communities along the Pampana River are experiencing disruptive environmental change from upstream gold mining operations that are polluting the river they use and rely on for their everyday needs and practices.
My research interests are centered on a concept of environmental violence that I am working to develop. This concept recognizes human-driven environmental disruptions that come from point and non-point sources and that are leading to significant restrictions on the ability for humans to realize their physical and mental potential (to steal from Galtung). I am conducting this work primarily in international contexts but also domestically, all with a special interest in the most marginalized populations.
Doctoral Student Affiliates Publish on Environmental Crisis in Ukraine
Oct 16, 2018
Doctoral Student Affiliates (anthropology & peace studies) Kristina Hook and Drew Marcantonio have published a new article in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about the war-related environmental crisis that is currently unfolding in Ukraine.
Slow Violence in the Anthroecological System: Understanding Smallholder Farmer Coping processes in Sierra Leone
Aug 21, 2017
The funding received from the Kellogg Institute Graduate Research Grant supported pre-dissertation fieldwork that took place in Sierra Leone, primarily in Tonkolili District, Northern Province, but also in the cities of Freetown and Makeni. The fieldwork dates were May 15 to June 13, 2017, a 30-day period.