Rob Efird, PhD

PhD, Socio-cultural Anthropology

Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Asian Studies Program

Phone: 206.296.5388

Building/Room: Casey 310-09

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Teaching and Research Interests

I am an applied cultural anthropologist with a special interest in environmental education and collaborative research with community partners. My current research is focused on children’s environmental learning both in China and here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Recent Activities and Key Publications

■"Nature for Nurture: Environmental Education, Nature Experience and the Healthy Child." Lecture at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (September 13, 2018).

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectual Program Fellow (2014-2016) 

■ Fulbright Senior Research Scholar—China (2011-2012)
■ Efird, R. “Perceiving Nature’s Personhood: Anthropological Enhancements to Environmental Education.” In Kopnina H. and Shoreman-Ouimet E., eds. Handbook of Environmental Anthropology. (New York: Routledge, 2016)

■ Efird, R. and Lee, J. C.‑K., eds. 2014. Schooling for Sustainable Development across the Pacific. Dordrecht: Springer 

■ Efird, R. “Learning Places and ‘Little Volunteers’: an Assessment of Place- and Community-based Education in China.” Environmental Education Research. Vol. 21, No. 8 (2015): 1143-1154

■ Efird, R. “Learning the Land beneath Our Feet: The Place of NGO-led Environmental Education in Yunnan Province.” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 21, No. 76 (2012). 

■ Efird, R. “Learning By Heart: An Anthropological Perspective on Environmental Learning in Lijiang.” In Kopnina and Ouimet, eds. Environmental Anthropology Today (New York: Routledge, 2011).

■ Efird, R. “Guest Editor’s Introduction: NGOs and Institutions of Higher Education in China's Environmental Learning.” Chinese Education and Society, Volume 43, Number 2 (March/April 2010) 

■ Efird, R. “Distant Kin: Japan’s War Orphans and the Limits of Ethnicity.” Anthropological Quarterly (Summer 2010). 

■ Efird, R. “Japan’s ‘War Orphans’: Identification and State Responsibility.” Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2 (2008): 363-388

■ Co-creator of Seattle University's taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden: