Jess Breitfeller is a doctoral candidate studying the politics of conservation and sustainable development in Central America. Her previous research has dealt with a variety of topics, including the documentation of Q’eqchi’ Maya traditional ecological knowledge, community-based ecotourism in coastal Belize, and the socio-political impacts of hydroelectric development in northeastern Panama. 

At the University of Maryland, Jess’ doctoral research centers on the political ecology of climate governance and forest conservation in Costa Rica. More specifically, she is using a mixed-method approach that combines multi-sited ethnography and social network analysis (SNA) to examine indigenous participation and consultation processes. She is interested in how these communities perceive, contest, negotiate, and adapt to changing policies under the international climate regime.

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental anthropology, political ecology, climate governance, forest conservation, indigenous rights, politics of knowledge and participation, Central America

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    MA
    Degree Details
    International Affairs, American University
  • Degree Type
    MA
    Degree Details
    Natural Resources & Sustainable Development, United Nations University for Peace
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    Anthropology & Environmental Studies, University of Vermont
Research Topics
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Email
jbreitfe [at] umd.edu