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Daniel Polk

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-16
History Ph.D., Princeton University, 2014
Anthropology B.A., University of California, Riverside, 2008
Daniel Polk

Daniel Polk received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 2014 from Princeton University. His research looks at the politics of water in the borderlands of California. His dissertation is an ethnographic and historical study of the largest rural-to-urban "water transfer" in U.S. history, with a focus on the cultural and political ecology of regional water management. He is interested in how natural forces and events become embedded in social systems and how marginal places and people become key for innovating resource management practices that are sustainable.


Article: The Politics and Ecology of Water: Notes on the Drought in California

The Salton Sea: Natural or Not?