I am excited to announce that Rachael Petersen is now part of the Ethnos Project!
Rachael is a 2012-2013 Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow investigating indigenous peoples’ use of technology around the world. Her current year-long research has taken her to the Canadian Eastern Arctic and the Ecuadorian Amazon, and will also include sites in the Brazilian Amazon, Borneo and the Australian Northern Territory.
Her formal education includes degrees Anthropology and Public Policy from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she graduated summa cum laude. She most recently worked as a research assistant at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, where she focused on oil drilling and sustainability issues in Alaska. She has researched indigenous issues as a volunteer in Peru, a student in Guatemala, an intern with the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington DC, and an observer to the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Rachael is a native Texan, born and raised in the small town of Temple.
As she notes on her website… “I’m mostly just a girl staring at a map, waiting to be humbled, transformed, engaged and informed — and maybe write something interesting along the way.”