Director of Graduate Program in Anthropology
Ph.D., New York University
- Research Interests
Dr. Davidov is an environmental anthropologist. Her research focuses on human-nature relations and the cultural, political, and economic processes involved in their formation and negotiation. She is particularly interested in how natural resources are constructed and contested in global and local arenas, and the moral ecologies and economies that emerge when nature becomes a commodity. She did her dissertation fieldwork in the Ecuadorian Amazon, studying indigenous ecotourism in lowland Kichwa communities. This research inspired her ongoing interest in zones where ecotourism and forms of resource extraction, such as oil production or mining, co-exist side by side. Dr. Davidov is also formally trained in visual anthropology, and frequently uses visual methods in her research and teaching. Her long-term fieldsite continues to be Ecuador, and she has also conducted extensive research in northern Russia. She is the co-editor of Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. Dr. Davidov teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in anthropological theory, as well as the senior year Research Seminar in Anthropology at Monmouth University.
2013 Davidov, V. Ecotourism and Cultural Production: An Anthropology of Indigenous Spaces in Ecuador. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 2013 Büscher, B. and Davidov, V. eds. The Ecotourism-Extraction Nexus: Political Economies and Rural Realities of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows. London: Routledge.
- Scholarly Articles
In Print: Davidov, V. “Beyond Formal Environmentalism: Eco-Nationalism and the ‘Ringing Cedars’ of Russia.” Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 37(1): 2-13.
2015 Büscher, B. and Davidov, V. “Environmentally Induced Displacements in the Ecotourism-Extraction Nexus Area, doi: 10.1111/area.12153 (special issue on environmentally induced displacements)
2014 Davidov, V. “Land, Copper, Flora: Dominant Materialities and the Making of Ecuador’s Resource Environments.” Anthropological Quarterly 87(1): 31-58.
2013 Davidov, V. “Copper Mining vs. Oil Extraction: Divergent and Differentiated Environmental Subjectivities in ‘Post-Neoliberal’ Ecuador.” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 18(3): 485-504.
2013 Davidov, V. “Amazonia as Pharmacopia.” Critique of Anthropology 33(3): 241-260.
2013 Davidov, V. “Soviet Gold as Sign and Value: Anthropological Musings on Literary Texts as Cultural Artifacts.” Etnofoor 25(1): 15-28.
2012 Davidov, V. “From a Blind Spot to a Nexus: Building On Existing Trends in Knowledge Production to Study the Co-presence of Ecotourism and Extraction.” Environment and Society: Advances in Research 3: 78-102.
2012 Davidov, V. “‘Pedagogical’ and Ethnographic Fictions and Metanarratives of Development: 1 World Manga.” Journal of Development Studies 49(3): 398-411. (Reprinted in Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Televisions, and Social Media, D. Lewis, D. Rogers, and M. Woolcock eds., London: Routledge, 2013)
2012 Davidov, V. “Saving Nature or Performing Sovereignty? Ecuador’s Initiative to ‘Keep Oil in the Ground.’” Anthropology Today 28(3): 12-15.
2012 Swing, K., Davidov, V. and Schwartz, B. “Oil Development on Traditional Lands of Indigenous Peoples: Coinciding Perceptions on Two Continents.” Journal of Developing Societies 28(2): 257-280. (Special issue “The New Politics of Mineral Extraction in Latin America” guest-edited by Barbara Hogenboom.)
2012 Davidov, V. “From Colonial Primitivism to Ecoprimitivism: Constructing the Indigenous ‘Savage’” Arcadia 46(2): 467-487.
2010 Davidov, V. “Shamans and Shams: The Cultural Effects of Tourism in Ecuador.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 15(2): 387-410.