Concordia University

Kregg Hetherington, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Office: S-H 1125-43 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5258
Website(s): Academia site
Concordia Ethnography Lab

Research interests

Dr. KreggHetherington is a political anthropologist specialized in environment,infrastructure and the bureaucratic state.

He haswritten extensively about how small farmers caught in a sweeping agrariantransition in Paraguay have experienced that country's halting transition todemocracy, showing how activists create new ways of thinking and practicinggovernment. His book, Guerrilla Auditors, is an ethnography of peasant landstruggles in Paraguay, and of how rural thinking about property and informationcome into conflict with bureaucratic reform projects promoted by internationalexperts.

He iscurrently leading two research projects. The first, the Government of Beans, focuses on regulation in the soybean boomin Latin America's southern cone is transforming the relationship betweenstates, plants, people and territory. The second, Montreal Waterways, is a collaborate ethnography of Montreal’srelationship with water as a defining feature of its environment andinfrastructure.

Kregg isdirector of the Concordia Ethnography Lab, where he leads a research group onInfrastructure and Environment. He supervises graduate students working in awide range of areas, including environment and food, social movements,infrastructure studies and the ethnography of the state. He is currently recruitingstudents who are interested in becoming involved in the Montreal Waterwaysproject.

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
  • Water Infrastructure

2011. Guerrilla Auditors: The Politics of Transparency in Neoliberal Paraguay. Durham: Duke University Press

Teaching activities


At the undergraduate level, Kregg teaches anthropological theory, post-humanism and environment, the anthropology of science and technology, and ethnographic writing.


Selected publications


2015 Auditores Campesinos: transparencia,democracia y neoliberalismo en Paraguay. Asunción: CERI y ServiLibro. (Translation of Guerrilla Auditors).

2011 GuerrillaAuditors: The Politics of Transparency in neoliberal Paraguay. Durham: DukeUniversity Press.

2005 Cultivating Utopia: Organic Farmers in a ConventionalLandscape. Halifax: Fernwood Press.


Edited Books and Journal Issues

In Press Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene. Edited volumeunder contract with Duke University Press. Forthcoming fall 2018.

2014 “Nature Culture and the State,” special dossier of the Journal of Latin American and CaribbeanAnthropology 19(2) edited with Jeremy Campbell.

Articlesand Book Chapters

Forthcoming     “Peasant, Soybeanand Civil Servant,” for Special Issue on “The Anthropology of Corruption.” CurrentAnthropology (Spring 2018).

2016 “La Soja ante la Ley:Prácticas de conocimiento, responsabilidad y el boom de la soja en Paraguay.” Revista Paraguay desde las Ciencias Sociales7: 177-203. (translation by Alejandra Estigarribia)

2016 “Surveying the Future Perfect:Anthropology, Development and the Promise of Infrastructure,” in Infrastructuresand Social Complexity: A Routledge Companion. Eds. Penny Harvey, Casper BruunJensen & Atsuro Morita. Pgs 40-50. London: Routledge.

2014  “Nature, Infrastructure and the State:Rethinking development in Latin America” with Jeremy Campbell. Journal of Latin American and CaribbeanAnthropology 19(2).

2014 “Waiting for the Surveyor: States,Development and the Temporality of Infrastructure.” Journal of Latin American and CaribbeanAnthropology 19(2).

2014 “RegularSoybeans: Translation and framing in the regulation of a mega-crop.” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 21(1): 55-78.

2014 “La contra-reforma agraria en elParaguay” in Capitalismo: terra e poderna America Latina (1982-2012). Vol.1, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay yUruguay.  Edited by GuillermoAlmeyra, João Márcio Mendes Pereira, Luciano Concheiro, Carlos WalterPorto-Gonçalves.  Buenos Aires: Peña Lillo Continente y CLACSO.

2013 "Beans Before the Law: Knowledge Practices,Responsibility, and the Paraguayan Soy Boom." Cultural Anthropology28:65-85.2013

2012 "Tierramalhabida y el engaño de la institucionalidad." Novapolis 5:31-54.

2012 "Promising Information: Cadastral Reform and DevelopmentExpertise in Latin America." Economy and Society 41(2):127-150.

2011 Privatizandolo Privado: Lotes Precarios y la materialidad de los derechos. Asunción: Intercontinental Editora.(Traducción de Marco Castillo.)

GuerrillaAuditors: The Politics of Transparency in Neoliberal Paraguay. Durham:Duke University Press

2009 "Privatizing the Private in Rural Paraguay: PrecariousLots and the Materiality of Rights." American Ethnologist36(2): 224-241.

2009 "The strategic incoherence of development: Marketingexpertise in the World Development Report." Journal of PeasantStudies 36: 665-673.

2008 "Populist Transparency: The Documentation of Reality inRural Paraguay." Journal of Legal Anthropology 1(1): 45-69.


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