Laura A. Ogden

Laura A. Ogden

Associate Professor of Anthropology;
Affiliated Faculty with the Southeastern Environmental Research Center;
Director, Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Communities
GSS Graduate Program Director


BA, University of North Carolina, Political Science, 1990
MA, University of Florida, Anthropology, 1994
PhD, University of Florida, Anthropology, 2002


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 313
Tel: 305.348.6663 |

Fall 13, Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays
1:00 - 3:00 pm
SIPA 313

In the broadest sense, my research seeks to understand the ways in which human and nonhuman processes interact to create landscapes, with a particular emphasis on the politics that shape our landscape practices. My work bridges the social and biophysical sciences, both drawing from social and ecological theory and making contributions to these literatures. In particular, my work advances scholarship in environmental anthropology, post-humanities studies, and political ecology.

For the past decade I have conducted fieldwork in the Florida Everglades—research that has been published in Cultural Geographies and the American Anthropologist, as well as my recent book entitled SWAMPLIFE: People, Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades (Minnesota 2011) that portrays the lively collaborations among mangroves, alligators, hunters, outlaws, and snakes in the Everglades.

My current research in Tierra del Fuego is an exploration of the politics of “invasive species.” I am collaborating with ecologists, land managers, and artists in this project, in an attempt to imagine new ways of thinking about the ways the world comes into being through the migrations of multiple species, particularly beavers and sheep. This project allows me to consider the politics and ethics of introduced species, what I am calling “animal diasporas.” Additional information about this collaboration can be found at the Ensayos website, a collaboration established with Karukinka Nature Park in Tierra del Fuego.

Dr. Ogden interviewing a beaver
Dr. Ogden interviewing a beaver


Swamplife SWAMPLIFE, People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades. 2011 Ogden, Laura. (2011). Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.\ Drawing on a decade of fieldwork with hunters in the Everglades, Laura A. Ogden explores the lives and labors of people, animals, and plants in this most delicate and tenacious ecosystem. Swamplife offers a unique [...] Read More

As Director of the interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Communities, I work with students and working professionals to develop individualized graduate training that explores issues of environmental and community sustainability.

Courses I teach most often are the Advanced Anthropological Theory seminar for graduate students and our department’s large enrollment (100 students) Introduction to Anthropology course for undergraduates.

Fall 2012 Courses (see Home page Courses & Syllabi)

  • Environmental Anthropology (ANG 5267-U01)
  • Adv. Political Ecology (GEO 5479-U01)
  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANT 2000-RV)

Curriculum Vitae