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Amber Wutich

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Professor and Director, Center for Global Health
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research interests: Ecological, Economic and Biocultural Anthropology; Water and Food; Injustice and Insecurity; Cross-cultural Research; Field Methods 

Geographic areas: Latin America (Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico), United States (Southwest), China

Education

Ph.D., University of Florida, Cultural Anthropology

Bio

Amber Wutich is a member of the anthropology faculty at Arizona State University. Dr. Wutich received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Cultural Anthropology with a specialization in Tropical Conservation and Development. Her research examines inequitable environmental institutions and global health disparities, with an emphasis on water insecurity. She directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a multi-year cultural-cultural study of water knowledge and institutions conducted in 10 countries. As a methodologist, she co-edits the journal Field Methods and co-authored the book Analyzing Qualitative Data: Systematic Approaches (2016, SAGE). Dr. Wutich teaches ethnographic field methods and text analysis as part of the National Science Foundation’s programs in research methods in cultural anthropology. Her teaching has been recognized with awards such as the Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year Award and ASU's Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance.

Selected Publications

Wutich, A., M. Beresford, and C. Carvajal. Ayni real and imagined: Reciprocity, indigenous institutions, and development discourse in contemporary Bolivia. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. Accepted 3/2017.

Wutich, A., Beresford, M., & Carvajal, C. (2016). Can Informal Water Vendors Deliver on the Promise of A Human Right to Water? Results From Cochabamba, Bolivia. World Development, 79, 14-24.

Wutich, A., & Beresford, M. (2015). Community development in ‘Post-Neoliberal Bolivia’: decolonization or alternative modernizations?. Community Development Journal, bsv049.

Wutich , A. and A. Brewis. (2014) Food, Water, and Scarcity: Toward a Broader Anthropology of Resource Insecurity. Current Anthropology. 55(4): 444-468.

Wutich , A., A. Ruth, A. Brewis, C. Boone. (2014)  Social bonds, stigmatized neighborhoods, and health. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. In press.

Wutich , A., A. White, D. White, K. Larson, A. Brewis, C. Roberts. (2014)  Hard Paths, Soft Paths or No Paths? Cross-cultural Perceptions of Water Solutions. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences 18: 109-120. 

Wutich, A., A. Brewis, A. York, R. Stotts. (2013) Rules, norms, and injustice: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of justice in water institutions. Society & Natural Resources. 26: 795-809.

Wutich, A., York, A. M., Brewis, A., Stotts, R., & Roberts, C. M. (2012). Shared cultural norms for justice in water institutions: Results from Fiji, Ecuador, Paraguay, New Zealand, and the US. Journal of environmental management, 113, 370-376.

Publications
  • Sivapalan, M., M. Konar, V. Srinivasan, A. Chhatre, A. Wutich, C. Scott, J. Wescoat, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. Socio-hydrology: A Use-Inspired Water Sustainability Science for the Anthropocene. Earth’s Future (2014).
  • Vins, H., A. Wutich, A. Brewis, M. Beresford, A. Ruth, C. Roberts. Gender and Children’s Perceived Water Futures in the U.S. Southwest. Human Organization (2014).
  • White, D., A. Wutich, K. Larson, T. Lant. Water Management Decision Makers’ Evaluations of Uncertainty in a Decision Support System: The Case of WaterSim in the Decision Theater. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (2014).
  • Wutich, A. and A. Brewis. Food, Water, and Scarcity: Toward a Broader Anthropology of Resource Insecurity. Current Anthropology (2014).
  • Wutich, A., A. Ruth, A. Brewis, C. Boone. Social bonds, stigmatized neighborhoods, and health. Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2014).
  • Wutich, A., A. White, D. White, K. Larson, A. Brewis, C. Roberts. Hard Paths, Soft Paths or No Paths? Cross-cultural Perceptions of Water Solutions. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences (2014).
  • Brewis, A., M. Gartin, A. Wutich, A. Young. Global Convergence in Ethnotheories of Water and Disease. Global Public Health (2013).
  • Crona, B., A. Wutich, A. Brewis, M. Gartin. Perceptions of Climate Change: Linking Local and Global Perceptions through a Cultural Knowledge Approach. Climatic Change (2013).
  • Rice, J., P. Westerhoff, A. Wutich. Assessment of De Facto Wastewater Reuse: Trends between 1980 and 2008. Environmental Science & Technology (2013).
  • Wutich, A., A. Brewis, A. York, R. Stotts. Rules, norms, and injustice: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of justice in water institutions. Society & Natural Resources (2013).
  • Wutich, A. A. Brewis, S. Sigurdsson, R. Stotts, A. York. Fairness and the Human Right to Water: A Preliminary Cross-cultural Theory. The Social Life of Water in a Time of Crisis (2013).
  • Wutich, A. Invited Comment on Cooperation in Context: Public goods games and post-Soviet collectives in Kamchatka, Russia. (2013).
  • Brewis, A. and A. Wutich. Explicit versus Implicit Fat Stigma. American Journal of Human Biology (2012).
  • Wutich, A., A. Brewis, A. York, R. Stotts. Rules, norms, and injustice: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of justice in water institutions. Society & Natural Resources (2012).
  • Wutich, A., A. York, A. Brewis, R. Stotts, C. Roberts. Shared cultural norms for justice in water institutions: Results from Fiji, Ecuador, Paraguay, New Zealand, and the U.S. Journal of Environmental Management (2012).
  • Amber Wutich. Gender, Water Scarcity, and the Management of Sustainability Tradeoffs. Gender, Natural Resources and Sustainability: Critical Case Studies from the Americas and Asia (2012).
  • Amber Wutich. The Sustainability of a Customary Andean Water Institution among the Urban Poor of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? (2012).
  • Hruschka, D., A. Brewis, A. Wutich, B. Morin. Response to "Is social clustering of obesity due to social contagion or genetic transmission?". (2012).
  • Anderies, J., M. Janssen, F. Bousquet, J.C. Cardenas, D. Castillo, M.C. Lopez, R. Tobias, B. Vollan, A. Wutich. The challenge of understanding the role of context in experimental studies of common pool resource governance. Ecological Economics (2011).
  • Brewis, A., A. Wutich, A. Falletta-Cowden, I. Rodriguez-Soto. Body Norms and Fat-Stigma in Global Perspective. Current Anthropology (2011).
  • Brewis, A., D. Hruschka, A. Wutich. Vulnerability to Fat Stigma in Women’s Everyday Relationships. Social Science & Medicine (2011).
  • Hruschka, D., A. Brewis, A. Wutich, B. Morin. Do Shared Body Norms Account for Social Clustering of Obesity?. American Journal of Public Health (2011).
  • Jewell, B. and A. Wutich. Charitable Christians, Punitive Neighbors: Religiosity and Economic Norms in a Bolivian Squatter Settlement. Research in Economic Anthropology (2011).
  • Larson, K., A. Wutich, D. White, T. Muñoz-Erickson, S. Harlan. Multifaceted Perspectives on Water Risks and Policies: A Cultural Domains Approach in a Southwestern City. Human Ecology Review (2011).
  • Wutich, A. Shifting Alliances: Reciprocal Relations during Times of Hardship in Urban Bolivia. Chungara Journal of Chilean Anthropology (2011).
  • Wutich, A. The Moral Economy of Water Reexamined: Reciprocity, Water Insecurity, and Urban Survival in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Journal of Anthropological Research (2011).
  • York, A., A. Barnett, A. Wutich, B. Crona. Household Bottled Water Consumption in Phoenix: A Lifestyle Choice. Water International (2011).
  • Gartin*, M., B. Crona, A. Wutich, P. Westerhoff. Urban Ethnohydrology: Cultural Knowledge of Water Quality and Water Management in a Desert City. Ecology and Society (2010).
  • Muñoz-Erickson*, T., B. Cutts*, E. Larson*, K. Darby*, M. Neff*, A. Wutich, and B. Bolin. Spanning boundaries in an Arizona watershed partnership: information networks as tools for entrenchment or ties for collaboration?. Ecology and Society (2010).
  • White, D., A. Wutich, T. Lant, K. Larson, P. Gober, and C. Senneville*. Credibility, Salience, and Legitimacy of Boundary Objects for Environmental Decision Making: Water Managers’ Assessment of WaterSim – A Dynamic Simulation Model in an Immersive Decision Theater. Science and Public Policy (2010).
  • Wutich, A., T. Lant, D. White, K. Larson, and M. Gartin*. Comparing Focus Group and Individual Responses on Sensitive Topics: A Study of Water Decision-makers in a Desert City. Field Methods (2010).
  • Wutich, A. After the Cochabamba Water War of 2000: A Common Pool Resource Institution in the Urban Andes. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice (2010).
  • Wutich, A. and C. Gravlee. Water Decision-makers in a Desert City: Text Analysis and Environmental Social Science. Environmental Social Sciences: Methods and Research Design (2010).
  • Cutts*, B., T. Munoz-Erickson*, E. Larson*, M. Neff*, K. Darby*, B. Bolin and A. Wutich. Ego-network properties as a way to reveal conflict in collaboration’s clothing. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (2010).
  • Amber Wutich. Estimating Household Water Use: A Comparison of Diary, Prompted Recall, and Free Recall Methods. Field Methods (2009).
  • Hadley, C. and A. Wutich. Experience-based Measures of Food and Water Security: Biocultural Approaches to Grounded Measures of Insecurity. Human Organization (2009).
  • Larson, K., D. White, P. Gober, S. Harlan, and A. Wutich. Divergent Perspectives on Water Resource Sustainability in a Public-Policy-Science Context. Environmental Science & Policy (2009).
  • Wutich, A. Estimating Household Water Use: A Comparison of Diary, Prompted Recall, and Free Recall Methods. Field Methods (2009).
  • Wutich, A. Intrahousehold Disparities in Women and Men’s Experiences of Water Insecurity and Emotional Distress in Urban Bolivia. Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2009).
  • Wutich, A. Water Scarcity and the Sustainability of a Common Pool Resource Institution in the Urban Andes. Human Ecology (2009).
  • Wutich, A. and M.E. Smith. Anthropologists Cheer Ostrom’s Nobel: Prize Recognizes Interdisciplinary Scholarship. Anthropology News (2009).
  • Amber Wutich, Christopher McCarty. Social Networks and Infant Feeding in Oaxaca, Mexico. Maternal and Child Nutrition (2008).
  • Amber Wutich, Kathleen Ragsdale. Water insecurity and emotional distress: Coping with supply, access, and seasonal variability of water in a Bolivian squatter settlement. Social Science & Medicine (2008).
  • Amber Wutich. Vulnerability, Resilience, and Robustness to Urban Water Scarcity: A Case from Cochabamba, Bolivia. SOURCE: The Journal of the United Nations University Institute on Environment and Human Security (2007).
  • Wutich, A. Water Insecurity, Emotional Distress, and Mental Illness: Implications for Human Development & Capabilities. Maitreyee: Bulletin of the Human Development and Capability Association (2004).
  • Wutich, A., G. Ryan, H.R. Bernard. Text Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology (0).
Research Activity
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 305Poverty and Global Health
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 584Internship
ASB 593Applied Project
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 305Poverty and Global Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 300Food and Culture
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 584Internship
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 593Applied Project
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 584Internship
ASB 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
SSH 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ESS 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 484Internship
SSH 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
SSH 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 584Internship
ASB 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
SSH 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
SSH 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 400Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ESS 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
SSH 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 584Internship
ASB 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 400Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ESS 592Research
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

Fellow, PLuS Alliance (Phoenix, London, Sydney) University Partnership, 2016-2019

Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year, 2013-2014

Parents Association Professor of the Year, Nominee (competitively selected), ASU, 2013

Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance, ASU, 2011-2012

Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU, 2011

Director’s Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, SHESC, ASU, 2011

Honorary Marshal for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU Commencement Ceremony, 2011

Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, 2010

“Apple Polisher” Faculty Appreciation Award, ASU Devils’ Advocates Student Organization, 2009

Paul and Polly Doughty Award for Peace and Development Studies, University of Florida, 2003

Editorships

Associate Editor

            Field Methods. Journal Editor, H. Russell Bernard. 2012-2016.

Editorial Board

            Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Editor, Daniel Bates. 2012-present
            Left Coast Press Series on Anthropology and Global Public Health: Critical Approaches and Constructive Solutions.
            Editors, Peter J. Brown and Emily Mendenhall. 2011-2016.

Professional Associations
American Anthropological Association; Environment and Anthropology Section; Society for Economic Anthropology Section; Society for Medical Anthropology Section; Society for Applied Anthropology; International Association for the Study of the Commons (occasional); International Network for Social Network Analysis (occasional); Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (occasional)
Service

University Level Service

Member, CLAS Dean’s Advisory Council on Social Science & Health, 2016-2017

Member, CLAS Research Advisory Committee, 2015-2017

Instructor, Workshops in Text Analysis, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, ASU ISSR, 2012-2016

Invited participant, Support for Teaching at ASU Group, ASU Office of the Provost, 2014

Invited panelist, “Prepping for Class,” ASU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2014

ASU Review Panel, Carnegie CASE Professor of the Year Award, 2014

Invited panelist, “The Teaching Role,” Preparing Future Faculty, ASU Graduate College, 2012

Invited panelist, “Faculty Success in the Early Years,” ASU Faculty Women’s Association, 2012

Faculty Mentor, GlobeMed – A Student-led International Global Health Organization, 2012-2015

 

School Level Service: Chair or Faculty Representative Roles

Director, Center for Global Health, 2015-2016

Approach Head, Cultural Anthropology, SHESC, 2013-2014

Cultural Anthropology Representative, Executive & Graduate Committees, SHESC, 2013-2014

Interim Director, Environmental Social Sciences Doctoral Program, SHESC, 2014

Organizer, Colloquium Series, SHESC, 2012-2013

Chair, Masters Symposium Committee, SHESC, 2010-2011

Faculty Senator, Arizona State University Academic Senate, 2007-2010

 

University & School Committee Service: Member Roles

Personnel Committee, 2016-2018

Development Committee, SHESC, 2015-2016

Search Committee, Evolutionary Anthropology, SHESC, 2015-2016

Search Committee, Linguistic Anthropology Target Hire, SHESC, 2014

Promotion and Tenure Review Committee, SHESC, 2014

Search Committee, Global Health Target Hire, SHESC, 2013

Search Committee, Anthropometry Target Hire, SHESC, 2012

Seven Year Academic Program Review for SHESC, ASU Graduate College, 2010-2012

Search Committee, Environmental Anthropology Searches (two positions), SHESC, 2009-2010

Personnel Committee, SHESC, 2008-2009

Search Committee, Medical Anthropology Searches (two positions), SHESC, 2008-2009

Cluster for the Advancement of Social Networks, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2008-2009

Latin American Studies Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2007-2008