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
New Research by Women Studying Violence
Second International Conference on Human Dignity and Human Development
New book explores generational preconceptions in post-war Sierra Leone
Nov 21, 2019
In Faculty Fellow Catherine Bolten’s recently published book Serious Youth in Sierra Leone, she presents findings on generational preconceptions and their impact on young men in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Her research has implications for everything from development to post-conflict reconstruction to how millennials are perceived and engaged around the world.
Women Lead 2019 Features Faculty Fellow
Mar 8, 2019
Faculty Fellow Cat Bolten was featured in Women Lead 2019, a Notre Dame initiative to celebrate International Women's Day by highlighting the work of seven influential faculty members.
Bolten Named Director of PhD Program in Peace Studies
Jun 25, 2018
Kellogg Faculty Fellow Catherine Bolten, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies, has been appointed director of doctoral studies (DDS) at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, effective July 1, 2018.