Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Catherine Bolten is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies and Director of Doctoral Studies for the Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Bolten’s current field research project involves an investigation of wildlife cosmology and bushmeat in rural and urban Sierra Leone. She is tracking the circulation of wild game and agricultural products as a lens through which to understand poverty, development, consumption, the creation of value, and the sustainability of rural livelihoods in a country suffering international land grabs and grappling with the after-effects of the Ebola crisis.
Bolten was a member of the international Ebola Anthropology Emergency Task Force, and is currently co-editing a special issue on Ebola for Anthropological Quarterly. She has consulted for the United Nations World Food Programme and Physicians for Social Responsibility, and has conducted extensive fieldwork on ethnobotany, eco-tourism, and development in Botswana.
youth; post-conflict development; landscape and environment; multi-species entanglements; structural violence
human-wildlife entanglements; resource scarcity; infectious disease; food security; rural sustainability
The Practice of Human Development and Dignity (VIRTUAL)
New Research by Women Studying Violence
Putting Dignity into Practice
Feb 18, 2021
A new volume from the Kellogg Institute Book Series on Democracy and Development examines the meaning of the term “human dignity” and asks how those who work in the field can put it into practice.
Podcast: The Practice of Human Development and Dignity - With chapter author Cat Bolten
Jan 18, 2021
Q&A with Catherine Bolten: Making Sense of Excess Deaths During a Pandemic
Dec 1, 2020
As a cultural anthropologist whose focus is on structural violence – forms of suffering that are rendered invisible and potentially normalized by policy and popular narratives – I have been alarmed by the myopic view of COVID-19 that has been created by an overwhelming focus on the number of people who have been infected and died. Though numbers are telling, they have become the rubric for the toll of COVID to the exclusion of all other kinds of suffering, morbidity, and death that have been generated by the pandemic.