Wallace W. Atwood Lecture Kendra McSweeney, Ph.D.

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In the U.S., prohibition is often considered a thing of the past, evoking speakeasies and Al Capone. Yet the prohibition of other plant- and animal-based commodities has not only endured but expanded. Professor McSweeneys talk explores the geographies that arise from the global prohibitionary regime targeting one such commodity: cocaine.

Professor McSweeney’s primary interest is in human-environment interactions, with focus on issues in cultural and political ecology, conservation and development, resilience, demography, and land use/cover change. Her current projects include tracing the socioecological impacts of drug trafficking through Central America, and studying the nature and implications of demographic change among Latin America’s indigenous populations.

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