Kregg Hetherington, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Kregg Hetherington is a political anthropologist specialized in environment and infrastructure, the bureaucratic state and international development in Latin America. He has written extensively about how small farmers caught in a sweeping agrarian transition in Paraguay have experienced that country's halting transition to democracy, showing how activists create new ways of thinking and practicing government. His book, Guerrilla Auditors, is an ethnography of peasant land struggles in Paraguay, and of how rural thinking about property and information come into conflict with bureaucratic reform projects promoted by international experts. His current research focuses on regulation in the soybean boom in Latin America's southern cone is transforming the relationship between states, plants, people and territory. At Concordia he leads a research group on Infrastructure and Environment that brings together scholars working on a variety of intersections between these two key terms, including agrarian and energy transitions.
At the undergraduate level, Kregg teaches anthropological theory, post-humanism and environment, the anthropology of science and technology, and ethnographic writing.
Kregg supervises graduate students working in a wide range of areas, including environment and food politics, and ethnography of the state. He is currently looking for students interested in researching energy infrastructure in Quebec and Canada.
Primary research and teaching foci
- Environment and Infrastructure
- Politics of scientific and expert knowledge and government regulation
- Social movements, international development and the state
- Corruption, transparency and bureaucracy
- Paraguayan and Latin American history and politics
- Agriculture and food politics
History of Anthropological Thought
Thinking Beyond Humans
Experience and Experiments in Ethnographic Writing
Anthropology Honours Seminar
Other recent publications
2013 "Beans Before the Law: Knowledge Practices, Responsibility, and the Paraguayan Soy Boom." Cultural Anthropology 28:65-85.2013
2012 "Tierra malhabida y el engaño de la institucionalidad." Novapolis 5: 31-54.
2012 "Promising Information: Cadastral Reform and Development Expertise in Latin America." Economy and Society 41(2): 127-150.2011 Privatizando lo Privado: Lotes Precarios y la materialidad de los derechos. Asunción: Intercontinental Editora. (Traducción de Marco Castillo.)
2011. Guerrilla Auditors: The Politics of Transparency in Neoliberal Paraguay. Durham: Duke University Press
2009 "Privatizing the Private in Rural Paraguay: Precarious Lots and the Materiality of Rights." American Ethnologist 36(2): 224-241.
2009 "The strategic incoherence of development: Marketing expertise in the World Development Report." Journal of Peasant Studies 36: 665-673.
2008 "Populist Transparency: The Documentation of Reality in Rural Paraguay." Journal of Legal Anthropology 1(1): 45-69.2005 Cultivating Utopia: Organic Farmers in a Conventional Landscape. Halifax: Fernwood Press.