Bret Gustafson

Bret Gustafson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University (2002) and has done research in Bolivia since 1992. Focused primarily on political anthropology, he has written extensively on Indigenous movements in Bolivia, including the book New Languages of the State: Indigenous Resurgence and the Politics of Knowledge in Bolivia (Duke 2002). His most recent research has followed the impacts of natural gas development in Bolivia, work which will appear in a forthcoming book, Bolivia in the Age of Gas (Duke 2020). His interest in the politics of energy revolves around interconnections between changing socio-technical energy assemblages, the transition to a post-carbon future, and intersections with environmental justice and economic and political democratization, or the erosion thereof.