CHRIS COGGINS is a professor of geography and Asian studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. His book The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China (2003) is based on research on environmental history, political ecology, and nature conservation in southeast China. He has also conducted research on geopiety, nature conservation, and national identity among Tibetans in northwest Yunnan and is currently engaged in a field research project on village fengshui forests in southern and central China.
MICHAEL J. HATHAWAY is an associate professor of anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (2013) and a number of articles on environmentalism, indigeneity, and commodity chains in rural China.
TRAVIS KLINGBERG is a cultural geographer and PhD candidate in geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research, based primarily in Sichuan, focuses on the remaking of geography through tourism. He is the coauthor, with Tim Oakes, of “Producing Exemplary Consumers: Tourism and Leisure Culture in China’s Nation-Building Project,” in China in and beyond the Headlines (2012).
RALPH LITZINGER is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University as well as director of Duke Engage, Beijing. He is the author of Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging and has also done research and published on global conservation movements and environmentalism in China and Tibetan politics. His new project is a study of migrant labor politics in China.
CHARLENE E. MAKLEY is an associate professor of anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and author of The Violence of Liberation: Gender and Tibetan Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China (2007). Her current book project, The Politics of Presence: Development and State Violence among Tibetans in China, based on long-term fieldwork in a rural Tibetan region in China’s northwest (2002–11), is an ethnography of state-local relations among Tibetans grappling with their marginalization under China’s Great Western Development campaign and in the wake of the 2008 military crackdown on Tibetan unrest.
ROBERT K. MOSELEY has worked for the Nature Conservancy in China, Illinois, and Idaho, where he has written widely on mountain ecology and conservation. His most recent book is Khawa Karpo: Tibetan Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation (2012), coauthored with Jan Salick.
RENÉE B. MULLEN is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Eureka College. Before joining Eureka College, she worked as a scientist for the Nature Conservancy for ten years. Her research on microbial ecology and biodiversity conservation has been published in Oecologia, Environmental Science and Policy, New Phytologist, and Environment, Development, and Sustainability, among others.
MICHELLE OLSGARD STEWART is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. She conducted her dissertation research in northwest Yunnan from 2007 to 2010, examining the politics and ecology of the Ophiocordyceps sinensis resource economy. Her research interests include the politics of development and environmental governance and expanded roles for local knowledge in international development and conservation schemes.
CHRIS VASANTKUMAR is an associate professor of anthropology at Hamilton College in New York. He has conducted research on the cultural politics of difference and national belonging among Tibetans and members of other Chinese nationalities in Gansu, China, and in India since 2002. His essays have been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. His current research interests include outbound Chinese international tourism and the anthropology of money.
EMILY T. YEH is an associate professor of geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development (2013) and numerous articles on the political ecology of pastoralism, commodity chains, and property rights, as well as relationships between transnationalism, sovereignty, and cultural politics in environmental movements and identities in Tibet.
LI-HUA YING is an associate professor of Chinese language and literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Along with articles and translations of contemporary Chinese poetry, she has published Cihai wenhui (Magic of the word: New trends in Chinese expressions) and Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature. She is currently studying travel accounts on southwest China written by Westerners at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century.
GESANG ZEREN is an independent scholar in Shangrila County and the founder of the Hamugu Village Center for the Protection of Indigenous Ecology and Culture.
JOHN ALOYSIUS ZINDA is a postdoctoral research associate at the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His research concerns the relationship between political, social, and ecological aspects of conservation efforts in China.