Emily McKee

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011 Assistant Professor

Emily McKee specializes in environmental and Middle East anthropology and works here at NIU with the Anthropology Department and the Institute for the Environment, Sustainability & Energy.  She will be coming to NIU from postdoctoral appointments at Yale University and Brandeis University.  Professor McKee has researched land conflict and socio-environmental movements in Israel.  Two years of fieldwork in the Negev/Naqab region investigated how Jewish and Bedouin Arab citizens and governmental bodies vie over access to land for farming and homes and over the status of unrecognized Bedouin villages.  As part of a new focus on cross-border water conservation, she has begun researching the strategies and practices of Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli water conservationists, as well as the reactions of local residents to water scarcity, resource competition, and conservation campaigns.  She also anticipates conducting future ethnographic research in the United States to learn about environmental justice campaigns.  Across these field sites, Professor McKee is interested in the drawing and policing of group boundaries; experiences of agriculture, urbanization, and environmental change; and environmental sustainability activism.

Peer Reviewed Publications

In Press - Trash Talk: Interpreting Morality and Disorder in Negev/Naqab Landscapes. Current Anthropology. 

2015. Demolitions and Amendments: Coping with Cultural Recognition and its Denial in Southern Israel. Nomadic Peoples 19(1): 95-119. 

2014. Performing Rootedness in the Negev/Naqab: Possibilities and Perils of Competitive Planting. Antipode 46 (5): 1172–89.

2013. Traveling Between Reluctant Neighbors: Researching with Jews and Bedouin Arabs in the Northern Negev. Pp 137-155. In Ethnographic Encounters in Israel, ed. Fran Markowitz. Bloomington:University of Indiana Press.

2011. Socio-environmental Sustainability: Lessons from Environmental Justice Activism. Anthropology News 52(3):18

2010. Of Camels and "Ca-mail": Engaging Complex Representations of Bedouins in Activism. Collaborative Anthropologies 3:81-92.