Nora Haenn, PhD


About Nora Haenn, PhD

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at North Carolina State University.  My research considers the environment, international migration, and rural identities. I am especially interested in how ideologies of wealth and poverty—which emphasize particular kinds of ecological engagements—manifest in global, state, and other social structures. 

Since the early 1990s, I have focused on a single research site, the municipality of Calakmul in southern Mexico. This long-term engagement has allowed me to observe how family farmers and small-scale communities (villages and counties) manage their natural resources and secure a living in the midst of significant change. This change includes new ecologies arising from climate change, new economies resulting from incorporation into global labor markets, and new, state-sponsored poverty relief programs.  

I am in the process of expanding my research to Mexican communities living in rural North Carolina.  Meanwhile, I regularly advocate for a greater understanding of rural Mexicans and Central Americans, wherever they live, at a time when people from the United States, Mexico, and Central America have such a significant effect on one another's lives.






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  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies