I am an Assistant Professor at William & Mary working at the intersections of Feminist and Decolonial Science Studies, Environmental Anthropology, and Latin American Studies. With a background in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in STS, my work examines the entanglements of race, science, and the environment.

My dissertation “Beavers, Settlers, and Scientists: Entanglements of Environmental Science and (In)justice in Austral Patagonia, 1940s-2020s,” examines how the production of environmental knowledges in Tierra del Fuego (Chile and Argentina), has been entangled with colonial, intergenerational, and interspecies forms of exclusion.

Currently, I am involved in two projects examining restorative collaborations between fishes, indigenous communities, conservation organizations, and natural scientists.

My research and teaching contribute to expanding reparative natures, cultures, and epistemologies capable of responding to disavowed histories of violence. Hence, I teach courses in Conservation Ethics, Indigenous Knowledges, Environmental Anthropology, and Ethnographic Research.

My work has been published in journals including Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Tapuya: Latin American Science and Technology Studies, Science as Culture, Conservation Biology, and Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia.

Email me: mdicenta@wm.edu

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