Dr James Andrew Whitaker

Dr James Andrew Whitaker

Honorary Research Fellow

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James Andrew Whitaker (Ph.D. Anthropology, Tulane University) is an Honorary Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the CNRS (USR 3456, LEEISA) in Cayenne, French Guiana. He has conducted fieldwork with Indigenous communities (primarily Makushi and Akawaio) in Guyana and archival research in the UK, US, and Guyana. His work centres around ethnohistory, historical ecology, and ontologies in Amazonia.

He is currently in the process of expanding his ethnographic work to West Africa (primarily Liberia) and will be conducting new fieldwork there during the summer of 2022.

He is working on a book and two edited volumes.

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