Barbara Cellarius


A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1985
M.E.S., The Evergreen State College, 1993
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 1999

Biographical Note

Barbara A. Cellarius is a cultural anthropologist and subsistence specialist for Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest national park in the United States. She lives and works along the Copper River in rural Alaska.

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Barbara Cellarius bookLatest Publication Title

In the Land of Orpheus: Rural Livelihoods and Nature Conservation in Postsocialist Bulgaria, University of Wisconsin Press, 2004

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Acting locally, thinking globally—in rural Bulgaria

Barbara Cellarius provides an ethnographic description of village life and conservation efforts in an ecologically important region of one of the most biologically diverse countries in Europe. She describes the ways in which the lives of residents of a rural community are affected by outside forces, particularly the economic and political uncertainties that have plagued Bulgaria since the collapse of communism. She examines larger forces, including environmental nongovernmental organizations, interested in linking global conservation priorities with local communities.