Anna J. Willow

Anna J. Willow

Anna J. Willow

Assistant Professor of Anthropology [OSU Marion]

740 725-6259

The Ohio State University (Marion Campus)
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • American Indian Environmental Activism and Conservation


  • 2008 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2003 M.A., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2001 M.S., Natural Resources and Environment-Behavior and Education, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • 1998 B.A., Anthropology, Environmental Studies Certificate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Willow’s main research interests include environmental anthropology, environmental justice, landscape, ethnohistory, Native North American studies, Anishinaabe/Ojibwe language and culture, and environmental education and behavior.  She has investigated and written extensively about the cultural and political dimensions of Anishinaabe anti-clearcutting activism in northwestern Ontario, Canada.  In addition, Dr. Willow has worked with Anishinaabe communities in northern Wisconsin to document the historical and contemporary importance of wild rice and other culturally significant natural resources.  More recently, she analyzed indigenous individuals’ and tribes’ responses to an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer (EAB), which has the potential to devastate populations of black ash (an important basketry material throughout northeastern North America).  Dr. Willow recently received a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research to explore the cultural and political dimensions of indigenous participation in boreal forest conservation initiatives.  She is also developing a local ethnographic project that will consider the sociocultural contexts and consequences of unconventional natural gas development (also known as hydraulic fracturing or simply “fracking”) in Ohio.