Melissa F. Baird

Melissa F. Baird


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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Stanford Archaeology Center, and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, 2011-2013
  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • BA Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley


Melissa's research engages multi-sited and comparative ethnographic approaches to examine global heritage and environmental politics of resource frontiers, especially the ecological, social, and political impacts of resource extraction on local and Indigenous communities.

Her book manuscript, Critical Heritage Landscapes, in the Cultural Heritage Series, is in press with University Press of Florida. She asks: What are the implications of cultural landscapes as heritage? What are the political and historical realities interpreting and ‘making landscapes’? 

Research Interests

  • Resource Frontiers
  • Extractive industries
  • Heritage landscapes
  • Indigenous and expert knowledge
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Politics of archaeology