Catherine Bolten is associate professor of anthropology and peace studies and director of doctoral studies at 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
Second International Conference on Human Dignity and Human Development
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.
To choose life or solvency? Fear as a pre-existing condition in COVID-19 mortality in the United States
Apr 27, 2020
Doctoral Student Affiliate Named 2020 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies
Apr 21, 2020
Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliate Maryam Rokhideh, a current University of Notre Dame doctoral candidate in peace studies and anthropology at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, has been named a 2020 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies.