- Mt. Vernon Postdoctoral Fellow
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
Environmental humanities, waste/scrap, political economy/ecology, Anthropocene, sociocultural anthropology, critical theory, science and technology studies.
Regional Foci: China, US
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.
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
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. "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.
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
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