Kim Fortun

Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies

Kim Fortun received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Rice University in 1993 and is author of Advocacy After Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders (Chicago 2001). She co-edits (with Mike Fortun) Cultural Anthropology (, the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology.
Fortun's research and teaching focus on environmental health problems, and on developing ethnography as a way to understand and engage the complexities of the contemporary world. Her research has examined how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to, and reduce, vulnerability to environmental risk and disaster.
Fortun's undergraduate teaching contributes to our new Sustainability Studies Program, and to the development of student capacity for independent research. Her graduate teaching focuses on research design and methods, on cultural analysis of science and technology, and on critical theories of language, knowledge and communication.


Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology Rice University

Research Focus
  • Cultural Anthropology
Select Works
  • 2009: Major Works in Cultural Anthropology, Vol 1-4: Moorings, Modernities, Emergence, Engagements. Sage (co-edited with Mike Fortun). essays 2009: "Environmental Right-To-Know and the Transmutations of Law," Catastrophe: Law, Politics and the Humanitarian Impulse edited by Austin Sarat. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.