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Emily Benton Hite

Saint Louis University

Based in

United States
North America

Emily Hite is a cultural-environmental anthropologist working at the nexus of human – water relationships and global climate change governance. Her work focuses on the social and cultural effects of and responses to climate mitigation strategies, with a particular emphasis on hydropower projects proposed within Indigenous territories.

Dr. Hite is starting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Louis University fall 2023.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Costa Rica

Focus areas of expertise

Greenwashing Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy

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Hite, E. B. & Perry, D. & Fauser, C., (2024) “FERC, hydropower, and tribal rights: Confrontations at the Little Colorado River”Journal of Political Ecology 31(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.2930

Dragone, Nicholas B., et al. The Early Microbial Colonizers of a
Short-Lived Volcanic Island in the Kingdom of Tonga.” mBio, vol. 14, no.
1, 2023,

Hite, Emily Benton. “The Many-headed Hydra: Assessing
the Indigenous-hydropower cycle in Costa Rica.” Journal of Political
Ecology vol. 29 no. 1, 2022,

Hite, Emily Benton. “Methane pledges and the future of
hydropower,” In Special Issue: Negotiating the Crisis: Critical
Perspectives on Climate Governance, Hotspots. Fieldsites, June 23.

Hite, Emily Benton, et al. “Exploring the human-nature
dynamics of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai, Earth’s newest landmass.” Journal
of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 401 (2020): 106902.

Hite, Emily Benton. “Political ecology of Costa Rica’s
climate policy: contextualizing climate governance.” Journal of Environmental
Studies and Sciences 8 (2018): 469-476.

Hite, Emily Benton, et al. “Intersecting race, space,
and place through community gardens.” Annals of Anthropological
Practice 41.2 (2017): 55-66.

Hite, Emily Benton, et al. “From forests and fields to
coffee and back again: historic transformations of a traditional coffee agroecosystem in Oaxaca, Mexico.” Society & Natural Resources
30.5 (2017): 613-626.