Melissa F. Baird

Melissa F. Baird


  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • 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


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

Her book Cultural Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes , in the Cultural Heritage Series, was published in December 2017 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’? 

You can learn more about Dr. Baird's work on her website: Extracting Heritage


Research Interests

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