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Dr. Megan Tracy

Dr. Megan Tracy

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Office Location: Sheldon 218

Phone: (540) 568-6171

E-mail: tracy2me (at) jmu (dot) edu


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., Middlebury College


Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of East Asia, Biopower and Technoscience, The Contemporary Silk Road, Gender and Society


Standardization and Accountability; Corporations and Culture; Sustainable Agriculture; China; Citizenship, Nationalism and Ethnic Minorities; Post-Socialism and Neoliberalism; China’s Dairy Industry; E-Waste

Recent Publications:

2013. "Pasteurizing China's Grasslands and Producing Terroir." American Anthropologist 115(3): 437-451

2010 “The Mutability of Melamine: A Transductive Account of a Scandal” Anthropology Today. 26(6):4-8.

Erasing SARS: Outbreak Reflections on the Ethnographic Process. In Dispatches from the Field. Andrew Gardner and David Hoffman, eds. Prospect Hills, IL: Waveland Press (2006) 

Food, Environment and Health Post-SARS: Corporate Expectations and Participation. China Environment Series, vol. 7. J.L. Turner, ed. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center (2005)


2009—National Science Foundation, Small Grant for Exploratory Research to support preliminary research on China’s 2008 melamine scandal.