Dr. Darren Ranco
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2000
MSEL, Studies in Environmental Law, Vermont Law School, 1998
B.A., Anthropology and Classical Studies, Dartmouth College, 1993
I have a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology, the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and in Native American Programs, where I serve as Chair of Native American Programs and Coordinator of Native American Research. My research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources, and how state knowledge systems, rooted in colonial contexts, continue to expose indigenous peoples to an inordinate amount of environmental risk. I teach classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance. A member of the Penobscot Nation, I am particularly interested in how better research relationships can be made between universities, Native and non-Native researchers, and indigenous communities.
Erle C. Ellis, Nicolas Gauthier, Kees Klein Goldewijk, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Nicole Boivin, Sandra Díaz, Dorian Q. Fuller, Jacquelyn L. Gill, Jed O. Kaplan, Naomi Kingston, Harvey Locke, Crystal N. H. McMichael, Darren Ranco, Torben C. Rick, M. Rebecca Shaw, Lucas Stephens, Jens-Christian Svenning, and James E.M. Watson. 2021. People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(17): 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2023483118
McGreavy, Bridie, Darren Ranco, John Daigle, Suzanne Greenlaw, Nolan Altvater, Tyler Quiring, Natalie Michelle, Jan Paul, Maliyan Binette, Brawley Benson, Anthony Sutton, and David Hart. 2021. Science in Indigenous homelands: addressing power and justice in sustainability science from/with/in the Penobscot River. Sustainability Science 16: 937-947.
Daigle, John J., Natalie Michelle, Darren J. Ranco, and Marla Emery. 2019. Traditional Lifeways and Storytelling: Tools for Adaptation and Resilience to Ecosystem Change. Human Ecology 47(5): 777-784.
Daigle, John J., Crista L Straub, Jessica E Leahy, Sandra M De Urioste-Stone, Darren J Ranco, Nathan W Siegert. 2018. How Campers’ Beliefs about Forest Pests Affect Firewood Transport Behavior: An Application of Involvement Theory, Forest Science, published online December 7, 2018, fxy056, https://doi.org/10.1093/forsci/fxy056.
Carr, Tish, Laura Kenefic, Darren Ranco. 2017. Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS): A Tribal Mentoring and Education Program Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science. Journal of Forestry: Published Online, January 19, 2017.