Department of Anthropology
Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Mt. Vernon Postdoctoral Fellow
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
ANTHRO 135/235B: Waste Politics: Contesting Toxicity, Value, and Power
ANT 2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 148A Culture and Political Economy in Contemporary China
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 Kunming” Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association.
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.
2018 Liebman, A. “Hygiene, Sociality, and Culture in Contemporary Rural China: The Uncanny New Village,” Asian Anthropology, 17(3).
2019 “Meet CEAS Postdoctoral Fellow Adam Liebman" Horizons (Stanford Center for East Asian Studies) 2019, p.10-11.
2017 "Interview with Adam Liebman, Rappaport Prize Finalist" Anthropology 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