Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University
Paige West is Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University. Paige's broad scholarly interest is the relationship between societies and their environments. She has written about the linkages between environmental conservation and international development, the material and symbolic ways in which the natural world is understood and produced, the creation of commodities and practices of consumption and, most recently, dispossession and the environment. Since the mid 1990s she has worked with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea.