Reade Davis


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


Adjunct Professor



Research Interests:

Social and cultural theory; philosophical anthropology; environmental anthropology; political economy; science and technology studies; maritime studies; commodities and global value chains; protected areas; fisheries and aquaculture; energy and society; marine technology; biotechnology; posthumanism; organizations and bureaucracy; historical anthropology; critical heritage studies; settler colonialism; death, dying, and mourning; the social construction of risk; gambling;  multi-sited ethnography; interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research; Canadian Studies; Eastern North America; North Atlantic; Newfoundland and Labrador; Atlantic Canada; Canadian Shield; Rideau Canal; Frontenac Arch.

Edited Special Issues:

  • Neoliberalism and North American Small-Scale Fisheries. Co-edited with Evelyn Pinkerton. Marine Policy 61, 2015. 


  • Hybrid Landscapes: Science, Conservation, and the Production of Nature. Co-edited with Laura Zanotti. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3), 2014. 


Selected Publications & Presentations:

    • The Descent of Man: Toward an Anthropology of Human Failings. Paper Presented at: Ethics for the 21st Century: Mind, Body, Spirit, St. John's, NL, Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017.

    • Marine Protected Areas and the Precarious Politics of Conservation in Newfoundland. Under Review. Anthropologie et Societe, 2017.

    • Industrial Aquaculture and the Politics of Resignation. Co-authored with Benjamin Rigby, Dean Bavington, and Christopher Baird. Marine Policy. 80: 19-27, 2017.

    • Animating Nature, Animating Capital: Environmental Anthropology Across New and Old Materialisms. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society, Ottawa, ON. March 28-April 1, 2017.

    • Thinking Through Theory and Practice in Environmental Anthropology. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM, March 28-April 1, 2017

    • Toward A Political Economy of Ocean Science, Technology & Society. With Dean Bavington (Geography, MUN). Presented at the conference: Canada’s Responsibility to Our Shining Seas: Ethics, Community, Culture, 1867-2067, Halifax, NS, May 10-12, 2017.

    • Considering Communities in Fisheries Management. Co-authored with Courtney Lyons, Benjamin Blount, Courtney Carothers, Meredith Marchioni and Philip Loring. Marine Policy. 74: 288-291, 2016.


    • Anthropology and the Politics of Resignation: Lessons from Newfoundland and Labrador. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Ethnological Society, Vancouver, BC. March 29-April 2, 2016


    • The View from Here: Positioning Solidarity in Canadian Anthropology. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society, Halifax, NS, May 13-16, 2016


    • E. Pinkerton and R. Davis. Neoliberalism and the Politics of Enclosure in North American Small-Scale Fisheries. Marine Policy 61, 2015


    • All in: Snow Crab, Capitalization and the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries in Newfoundland. Marine Policy 61, 2015.


    • T. Kristensen and R. Davis. 2015. The Legacies of Indigenous History in Archaeological Thought. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 22(2):512-542, 2015.


    • Compromising Situations: Oil, Water, and the Politics of Incommensurability in Newfoundland. Paper presented as part of the organized panel “Staking Claims in Environmental Hazard Zones: Re-examining Public Participation in North American Landscapes of Extraction” at the 2015 meetings of the American Anthropological Association, November 18-22, 2015, Denver, CO. R. Davis and K. Hebert, organizers.


    • R. Davis and E. Pinkerton. Neoliberalism and the Politics of Enclosure: Consequences for Small-Scale Fisheries. Paper presented at the “Mare Academic Conference: People and the Sea VIII, Amsterdam, NL, June 24-28, 2015.


    • Rethinking Ecological and Economic Crisis in the Newfoundland Fishing Industry. Paper presented as part of the organized panel “Setting Sail? Coastal Areas Between Marginalization and Socio-­ Environmental Alternatives” at the Canadian Anthropology Society Meetings, Quebec, QC. May 13-16, 2015. S. Doyon and R. Davis, organizers.


    • The Last Generation: Debt and Familial Tensions in Newfoundland Fishing Communities. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015.


    • A Cod Forsaken Place? Fishing in an Altered State in Newfoundland. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3): 695-726, 2014.


    • R. Davis and L. Zanotti. Hybrid Landscapes: Science, Conservation and the Production of Nature. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3): 601-611, 2014.


    • Cod’s Will: Rethinking Recovery in the Newfoundland Fishing Industry. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, NM, March 18-22, 2014.


    • Mixing Oil and Water: Integrated Planning and Incommensurability in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Paper presented as part of the organized panel “Shifting Currents: Critical Issues North American Small-Scale Fisheries” at the at the Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries, 2nd Global Symposium, September 21-25, 2014, Merida, Mexico. R. Davis, organizer.


    • Davis, R. and K. Korneski. In a Pinch: Snow Crab and the Politics of Crisis in Newfoundland. Labour/Le Travail 69: 119-146, 2012.