Adam Liebman

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Adam Liebman

Mt. Vernon Postdoctoral Fellow


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Dr. Adam Liebman is the first post doctoral fellow associated with the sociocultural program of the department of anthropology. He is a member of the Mt. Vernon Society of Fellows with the department of anthropology.

Fellowships and Grants

2018-2019: Stanford University Center for East Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

2017-2018: UC Davis Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship ($43,145)

2014-2015: Wenner-Gren Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant ($18,590)

2013-2014: UC Pacific Rim Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship ($18,485)

2013: UC Davis East Asian studies Research Grant ($500)

2011, 2012: UC Davis Anthropology Department Summer Research Grants ($6,000)

2008: UW Arts & Sciences Summer Independent Study Grant ($3,000)

2007, 2008: Ruckelhaus Environment and Natural Resources Plummer Grants ($2,500)

2007: International Institute of Education Language Program Fellowship ($8,950)


2016  AAA East Asian Anthropology Bestor Prize, best graduate student paper

2016  AAA Anthropology & Environment Rappaport Prize, best graduate paper finalist

Environmental humanities, waste/scrap, political economy/ecology, Anthropocene, sociocultural anthropology, critical theory, science and technology studies.

Regional Foci: China, US

The George Washington University

UNIV 1005: Junk Art and Activism

UNIV 1005: Rethinking Sustainability

Stanford University

ANTHRO 135/235B: Waste Politics: Contesting Toxicity, Value, and Power

UC Davis

ANT 2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANT 148A Culture and Political Economy in Contemporary China

Selected Articles

2019 Liebman, A. “Reconfiguring Chinese natures: Frugality and waste reutilization in Mao era Urban China,” Critical Asian Studies 51(4), 537-557.

2019 Liebman, A. "Garbage as value and sorting as labour in China’s new waste policy,” Made in China Journal.

2018 Liebman, A. "No more of your junk,The New Internationalist 516. Chinese version

2018 Liebman, A. "Plastic China: Sorting Plastic, Sorting People,” Toxic News.

2016 Liebman, A. "Garbage, Waste-Products, and Value in KunmingAnthropology News, American Anthropological Association.

Book Manuscript

Turning Trash into Treasure: Shadow Economies and Toxic Ecologies in Postsocialist China

Articles in Review

“Scrap sociality: Finding “relative freedom” through remaking waste in urban China,” American Ethnologist.

“China’s Ban on ‘Foreign Garbage:’ Rethinking Recycling as Toxic Matter in Translation,” Environment and Society.

Book Reviews

2018 Liebman, A. “Hygiene, Sociality, and Culture in Contemporary Rural China: The Uncanny New Village,” Asian Anthropology, 17(3).

Selected Interviews

2019 “Meet CEAS Postdoctoral Fellow Adam LiebmanHorizons (Stanford Center for East Asian Studies) 2019, p.10-11.

2017 "Interview with Adam Liebman, Rappaport Prize FinalistAnthropology and Environment Society.

2017 "Tracking Kunming’s Trash with Adam Liebman” (昆明垃圾最终怎么了?让外国博士 Adam深究了近3年), GoKunming: A New Perspective. Chinese version

Ph.D. (Sociocultural Anthropology) 2018, UC Davis

M.A. (International Studies & Environment and Natural Resources) 2009, University of Wyoming

B.A. (Humanities and Fine Arts) 2006, University of Wyoming