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Jamon A. Halvaksz, II, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Research area: Cultural Anthropology

Email: jamon.halvaksz@utsa.edu

Phone: (210) 458-5872

Office: MH 4.03.24

Research in Progress

As an environmental anthropologist, I am especially interested in locations of development and change where competing values of nature and resource management practices are at play. My long-term fieldwork among the Biangai of Papua New Guinea, for example, has focused on mining, conservation, and agricultural strategies. This context affords me the opportunity to both engage theoretical debates within anthropology and the social sciences as well as address issues of great importance for the lives of the people with whom I work. More recently, I have just completed a multi-year project examining agricultural changes as a gloss for the sorts of transformations that industrial mining has on land and labor relations, especially as it relates to indigenous ideas of space and place. My next project will examine shifting ideas of place in peri-urban household that have migrated as a result of Papua New Guinean mining economy.

Find more at Dr. Halvaksz's website.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2005


My teaching interests focus on various aspects of environmental anthropology including ecological anthropology, political ecology, human-animal relations, space and place, indigenous epistemologies, as well as more general course work on the history and practice of ethnographic research. Teaching is also about mentoring students through the complexity of degree requirements and fostering intellectual interests. I am certainly interested in advising students with similar interests at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Prospective graduate students should feel free to contact me with any questions prior to submitting their applications.

Current Ph.D. students: Rebecca DelliCarpini, Christina Fraiser, Katherine Hanson, Alexandra Holdbrook, Jennifer Torpie-Sweterlitsch

Current MA students: Jeffrey Fitzelll, Amanda Micek, Anna Serilli, Richard Stout

Representative Publications

Forthcoming - Halvaksz, Jamon and Joshua Bell, eds. Naturalist Histories, Making Nature in Oceania. University of Hawai’i Press. Under Contract

Forthcoming - Halvaksz, Jamon. "Environment." In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology. L. Cliggett and L. Pedersen, eds. Sage. Under Contract.

2020 - Halvaksz, Jamon. Gardens of Gold: Place-Making in Papua New Guinea. University of Washington Press. 

2015 - Halvaksz, Jamon. "Forests of Gold: From Mining to Logging (and Back Again)." In Forests of Oceania: Environmental Histories, Present Concerns and Future Possibilities. J. Bell and P. West, eds. Australian National University Press.

2013 - Halvaksz, Jamon. "Mining the Forest: Epical and Novelesque Boundaries along the Upper Bulolo" In Uncomfortable Bedfellows?: Exploring the Contradictory Natures of the Ecotourism/Extraction Nexus. N. Davidov and B. Buscher (eds). Routledge. 

2013 - Halvaksz, Jamon. "The Taste of Public Places: Terroir in Papua New Guinea’s emerging nation." Anthropological Forum 23(2):142-157

2010 - Halvaksz, Jamon. "The Photographic Assemblage: Duration, History and Photography in Papua New Guinea." Anthropology and History 21(4):411-429.


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