Whitney Easton

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 111 Anthropology. Office Hours Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Email: weaston@emory.edu

Education

  • PhD, Anthropology, Emory, 2017
  • M.A., Anthropology, Emory, 2013
  • B.A., Anthropology and Classical Civilization, Emory, 2008

Research

  • Agrarian Change, Rural Livelihoods, and New Rural Identities
  • Critical Rural Theory
  • Anthropology of Food and Agriculture
  • Solidarity and Alternative Economies
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Migration
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Italy, Mediterranean Europe, Europe, United States

I earned my Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University (2017). I have conducted ethnographic field research on agricultural change, farming livelihoods, and tourism in Central Italy and have presented my work at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. I currently teach introductory anthropology courses and seminars on the anthropology of Europe at Emory University and Georgia State University. I also work as an applied anthropologist specializing in ethnographic research on food and culture.

 

My most recent research project offers insight into the transformation of rural economies in Europe and important correctives to claims of European “repeasantization.” Amid the dislocations associated with the European debt crisis, rural areas have been noted as loci of resilience throughout Southern Europe.  Backed by claims of “repeasantization” (Van der Ploeg 2008), the so-called “peasants of the 21st century” (Ventura and Milone 2007) are seemingly revitalizing rural areas.  Consonant with this, changing EU agricultural policy increasingly obliges small and medium-scale farmers to engage in diversification strategies, ultimately working to transform rural areas from landscapes of agricultural production to “landscapes of hypermodern consumption” and tourism (Heatherington 2011).  My research examines whose life projects and farming strategies are supported by such development visions as long-term farmers, neo-rural lifestyle migrants, and transnational migrants revitalize the fields and towns of rural Europe.