Jessica Breitfeller

Doctoral Student

Jess Breitfeller is a second-year doctoral student, studying the politics of conservation and sustainable development in Central America. Her previous fieldwork has dealt with variety of topics, including community-based ecotourism and the preservation of Q’eqchi’ traditional ecological knowledge in Belize, and most recently, the socio-political impacts of hydroelectric development within Naso (Teribe) territory of northeastern Panama. At the University of Maryland, Jess’ doctoral research deals with the political ecology of climate change and forest conservation in Costa Rica and Panama. More specifically, she is examining stakeholder consultation processes, and how indigenous communities perceive, negotiate, contest, and adapt to changing policies and projects under the international climate regime.

Areas of Interest:
  • Political ecology, climate governance, tropical forest conservation, indigenous rights, identity politics, cultural resilience, Latin America
Degrees
  • MA International Affairs, American University
  • MA Natural Resources & Sustainable Development, United Nations University for Peace
  • BA Anthropology & Environmental Studies, University of Vermont
  • Jessica Breitfeller
Email: jbreitfe@umd.edu