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Reade Davis

Reade Davis

  • Education

  • BA (Mathematics and Statistics), Queen's University, 1996
  • BA(H) (Sociology), Queen's University, 1997
  • MA (Anthropology), Memorial University, 2000
  • PhD (Anthropology), Memorial University, 2009


  • Assistant Professor
  • Graduate Coordinator - Anthropology Program

Contact Info

Research Interests

Political ecology; science and technology studies; maritime anthropology; networks and globalization; commodities; multi-site ethnography; organizations and bureaucracy; multi-lateral environmental agreements; sustainable development; neoliberalism; risk; gambling; fisheries and aquaculture; offshore oil and gas; marine technology; Newfoundland and Labrador; North Atlantic.

Selected Publications & Presentations


  • A Cod Forsaken Place? Fishing in an Altered State in Newfoundland. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3): 695-726.


  • R. Davis and L. Zanotti. Hybrid Landscapes: Science, Conservation and the Production of Nature. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3): 601-611.


  • Rethinking Recovery In the Newfoundland Fishing Industry. Paper presented as part of the organized panel “Fishing Futures: Getting from Here to Where?” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, NM, March 18-22, 2014.



  • T. Kristensen and R. Davis. The Legacies of Indigenous History in Archaeological Thought. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. October 2013.


  • “Fish Killers” and the New Politics of Predation in Newfoundland. Paper presented as part of the organized panel: “Coastal Futures: Negotiating Neoliberalism in North American Small-Scale Fisheries,” at the 2013 American Anthropological Association Meetings, Chicago, IL, November 24-28, 2013.


  •  2013 Cod Recovery and the Changing Politics of Crisis in Newfoundland and Labrador. Paper presented as part of the organized panel: “Post-Cod Fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador: 20 Years On from Collapse” at the 2013 Canadian Association of Geographers Conference, St. John’s, NL, August 11-15, 2013.


  •  2013 R. Davis and E. Pinkerton. Neoliberalism and the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada. Fishing Futures: Imagining Alternatives in North American Small-Scale Fisheries. Vancouver, BC, June 12-15, 2013.


  • Davis, R. and K. Korneski. In a Pinch: Snow Crab and the Politics of Crisis in Newfoundland. Labour/Le Travail. 69. 119-146.


  • The Emergence of the Global Whitefish: Commodity Substitution and the Politics of Fish Processing In Newfoundland. Presented as part of the panel "The Organization of Work and Politics in Marine Fisheries" at the 2012 American Anthropological Association Meetings. San Francisco, CA. November 14-18, 2012.


  • A Fish by any Other Name: Examining the Role of Commodity Substitution in Newfoundland's Whitefish Processing Crisis. Presented at the the International Symposium: Rebuilding Collapsed Fisheries and Threatened Communities. Norris Point, NL. October 1-4, 2012.


  • The Political Ecology of an Altered State: Ecosystem Complexity, Neoliberalism, and the Social Construction of Ocean Space in Newfoundland, Canada presented  as part of the panel "The Conceptual Work of Ecology" at the 2011 American Anthropological Association Meetings, Montreal, QC, November 16-20, 2011.


  • A Cod Forsaken Place: Fishing After the Fall in Newfoundland. Paper presented at the international conference: "Nature, Inc.: Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation" in the Hague, Netherlands, June 30-July 2, 2011.


  • Reconceptualizing Ecosystem Complexity: A New Emphasis. Paper presented at the MARE: People and the Sea VI Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 6, 2011.


  • Immutable Mobiles and Mutable Subjects: Ocean Mapping and the Production of Silences. Paper presented as part of the "Hybrid Landscapes" session at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans, LA. November 17-21, 2010


  • A Mari usque ad Mare: Ocean Governance as Nation-Building in Canada. Paper presented as part of the “Theorising the Sea” session at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual International Conference, London, UK, September 1-3, 2010.


  • Eco-casino: Unpredictability and Affluence in the New North Atlantic. Paper presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) 2010 Conference, Montreal, QC, June 1-3, 2010


  • The Invisible Handler: Ecosystem Complexity and the Neoliberal State. Paper presented at the “A Brief Environmental History of Neoliberalism” Conference, Lund, Sweden, May 6-8, 2010.


  • Lost at Sea: Ecosystem Management and the Politics of Uncertainty. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2009)


  • Compromising Situations: Participation and Politics in the Sustainable Development of Canada's Oceans. PhD Dissertation (2009)


  • Coasts Under Stress: Restructuring and Social-Ecological Health. R. Ommer, ed. Montreal, PQ: McGill-Queen's University Press. Co-authored with others involved in the Coasts Under Stress Research Project (2007)


  • All or Nothing: Video Lottery Terminal Gambling and Economic Restructuring in Newfoundland. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 13(4): 503-531. (2006)


  • From Orders to Borders: Toward a Sustainable Co-managed Lobster Fishery in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. Co-authored with J. Whalen and B. Neis. Human Ecology 34(6): 851-867. (2006)