About the Author

Glenn Davis Stone is Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  He conducts research and writes on food, agriculture, and biotechnology.  He has conducted extensive research in West Africa, India, Philippines, and the U.S., with additional fieldwork in Thailand and England and laboratory work at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.  He has published one book and over 50 articles in anthropology, law, development, STS, and biotechnology journals and books.  He is past president of the Anthropology & Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association.

He is a Guggenheim Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year and is living in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Examples of writing on agriculture and biotechnology in India:

  • (2014) Rhythms of the herd: Long term dynamics in seed choice by Indian farmers (with A.Flachs and C.Diepenbrock).  Technology in Society [pdf]
  • (2012) Constructing Facts: Bt Cotton Narratives in India.  Economic and Political Weekly [pdf]
  • (2011) Field vs. Farm in Warangal:Bt Cotton, Higher Yields, and Larger Questions.  World Development [pdf]
  • (2007) The Birth and Death of Traditional Knowledge: Paradoxical Effects of Biotechnology in India. In Biodiversity and the Law: Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and Traditional Knowledge [pdf].  For more on this see Salon.com
  • (2007) Agricultural Deskilling and the Spread of Genetically Modified Cotton in Warangal. Current Anthropology [pdf].  For more on this see Salon.com

…on biotechnology in general:

  • (2010) Anthropology of Genetically Modified Crops.  Annual Review of Anthropology [pdf]
  • (2002) Both Sides Now: Fallacies in the Genetic-Modification Wars, Implications for Developing Countries, Anthropological Perspectives. Current Anthropology [pdf]

…on food and biotechnology:

  • (2013, with Chith Kudlu) The Trials of Genetically Modified Food: Bt Eggplant and Ayurvedic Medicine in India.  Food Culture & Society [pdf]

…on indigenous agricultural knowledge:

  • (2016) Towards a General Theory of Agricultural Knowledge Production: Environmental, Social and Didactic Learning. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment [pdf]
  • (2014, with A. Flachs) The Problem with the Farmers Voice, Agriculture & Human Values [pdf]

…on science studies:

  • (2014) Biosecurity in the Age of Genetic Engineering. In Bioinsecurity and Human Vulnerability, edited by Nancy Chen and Lesley Sharp. SAR Press. [pdf]
  • (2011) Contradictions in the Last Mile: Suicide, Culture, and E-Agriculture in Rural India.  Science, Technology and Human Values [pdf]

…on general theories of agriculture and population:

  • (1999)  Non-Boserupian Ecology and Agricultural Risk: Ethnic Politics and Land Control in the Arid Southwest (with C.Downum).  American Anthropologist [pdf]

…on culture and agriculture in West Africa:

  • (1996)  Settlement Ecology: The Social and Spatial Organization of Kofyar Agriculture Univ. Arizona Press.
  •  (1998)  Keeping the Home Fires Burning: The Changed Nature of House­holding in the Kofyar Homeland.  Human Ecology [pdf]

…with Robert Netting on smallholder agriculture:

  • (1990, with R.M.Netting and M.P.Stone)  Seasonality, Labor Scheduling and Agricultural Intensification in the Nigerian Savanna.  American Anthropologist [pdf]
  • (1989, with R.M.Netting and M.P.Stone)  Kofyar Cash Cropping: Choice and Change in Indigenous Agricultural Development.  Human Ecology  [pdf]

His current research projects include a) genetically modified crops in developing countries, especially India and the Philippines, and b) “new American farmers.”   Further information is available on his website.

4 Responses to About the Author

  1. Michael S. Danziger says:

    Kudos !
    Hail to the chief.

  2. Mark Nicvhter says:

    One of my favorite sites to visit
    Keep us informed Glen….

  3. Story Jones says:

    Even the wildness of West Virginia hails you Dr. Stone.
    From one to another, teeth to the wind.

  4. Gerhard Adam says:

    I just came across this site and it is a breath of fresh air. I’ve recently been exposed to the wasteland of GMO discussions at Science 2.0 and this is such a welcome relief of reasoning writing and thoughts. Thank you.

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