Eunice Blavascunas

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz 2008)

Eunice is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz and has taught at the University of Washington's Program on the Environment, Charles University in Prague and held fellowships at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, at the Havighurst Center for Russian and East European Studies at Miami University, College of the Atlantic, and the University of Maine. For more than 15 years she has been researching and writing about conservation politics in new nature preserves in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland and more recently in rural Maine. With filmmaker Jodie Baltazar she produced and directed a documentary film, 'Black Stork White Stork' which traces the fate of an innovative aging bachelor and nature in the Bialowieza Forest. Other research experiences include studying private and public land distinctions in the State of Maine, how the commons are constructed along Warsaw's Vistula river banks, and how historical pogroms interact discursively with nature conservation in Poland. Her experiences working for US-based land management agencies, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources have helped her develop interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving. Her goal is to help people embroiled in nature conservation conflicts better understand themselves, those they are in conflict with and the globally interconnected world that frames their conflict. She has also been a Fulbright Fellow, received a Switzer Environmental Leadership Grant, and is available for environmental consulting. She often leads educational tours to eastern Poland focused on environment, history and society.