Anna J. Willow
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Dr. Anna J. Willow
The Ohio State University (Marion Campus)

1465 Mount Vernon Avenue

Marion, Ohio 43302
Phone: (740) 725-6259

Curriculum Vitae (doc)

Research Interests

Dr. Willow’s main research interests include environmental anthropology, environmental justice, landscape, ethnohistory, Native North American studies, Anishinaabe/Ojibwe language and culture, and environmental education and behavior.  She has investigated and written extensively about the cultural and political dimensions of Anishinaabe anti-clearcutting activism in northwestern Ontario, Canada.  In addition, Dr. Willow has worked with Anishinaabe communities in northern Wisconsin to document the historical and contemporary importance of wild rice and other culturally significant natural resources.  More recently, she analyzed indigenous individuals’ and tribes’ responses to an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer (EAB), which has the potential to devastate populations of black ash (an important basketry material throughout northeastern North America).  Dr. Willow recently received a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research to explore the cultural and political dimensions of indigenous participation in boreal forest conservation initiatives.  She is also developing a local ethnographic project that will consider the sociocultural contexts and consequences of unconventional natural gas development (also known as hydraulic fracturing or simply “fracking”) in Ohio.




Strong Hearts, Native Lands: The Cultural and Political Landscape of Anishinaabe Anti-Clearcutting Activism.  Albany: State University of New York Press.  2012.  (Published concurrently in Canada by the University of Manitoba Press as Strong Hearts, Native Lands: Anti-Clearcutting Activism at Grassy Narrows First Nation). 

Peer-Reviewed Articles 

Re(con)figuring Alliances: Place Membership, Environmental Justice, and the Remaking of Indigenous-Environmentalist Relationships in Canada’s Boreal Forest. (pdf) Human Organization 71(4)371-382. 2012

Conceiving Kakipitatapitmok: The Political Landscape of Anishinaabe Anti-Clearcutting Activism. (pdf) American Anthropologist 13(2):262-276.  2011.

Indigenizing Invasive Species Management: Native North Americans and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Beetle.   CAFE (Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment) Journal 33(2):70-82.  2011.  

Images of Indians in Environmental Education: Anthropological Reflections on the Politics and History of Cultural Representation.  (pdf) American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34(1): 67-88.  2010. 

Cultivating Common Ground: Cultural Revitalization in Anishinaabe and Anthropological Discourse. (pdf) American Indian Quarterly 34(1): 33-60.  2010. 

Clear-cutting and Colonialism: The Ethnopolitical Dynamics of Indigenous Environmental Activism in Northwestern Ontario. (pdf) Ethnohistory 56(1): 35-67.  2009. 


Where Nature and Culture Meet: Culturally Significant Natural Resources.  In A Companion to Cultural Resource Management.  Thomas F. King, ed.  Pp. 114-127.  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.  2011.

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