Karine Narahara | Department of Anthropology

Karine Narahara

Assistant Professor
Sycamore Hall 126

Karine Narahara (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas (UNT). Dr. Narahara is an Afro-Brazilian anthropologist with a long experience working with environmental public policy, and collaborating with Black, Afro-Indigenous, and Native American communities in the Amazon, the Brazilian coast, and in Patagonia, Argentina. Her research interests include Environmental Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, Ethnographic Methods, and Latin America. In her recent book, based on her Ph.D. dissertation, she presents an ethnography about the Mapuche people and their conflicts with the oil industry in Patagonia, including the impacts of this industry on public health. A brief explanation of her research with the Mapuche people can be found here. More recently, she has been investigating the academic production of Black and Native American scholars, looking at how they affect the concept of "Other", as well as Afro-Indigenous notions of personal origin and body-territory. She is an Associate Editor of the Mediações Journal (Brazil) and part of the Board of Advisors of the Journal of Political Economy and Development (Brazil). Dr. Narahara is also a member of the Ilê Axé Aganju Ixolá, a Candomblé community in Rio de Janeiro.



Anthropology has been shaken by what we call the "ontological turn" of the discipline, as the distinction nature/culture maybe not be the best way to approach many scenarios of the ongoing environmental crisis. These new perspectives developed into ethnographic experimentations that, in dialogue with arts, media, environmental sciences, and philosophy, are looking for new ways of telling what is happening around us, through the possibility of producing modes of narrating less centered on humanity - an urgent need if we want to create new futures where different forms of life have their places and autonomies guaranteed.

Considering this context, Dr. Narahara currently maintains a research group centered on Multispecies Ethnographies, involving undergraduate and graduate students from different fields, both the US and Brazil, at the Department of Anthropology. These are some of the books and special issues that they have been reading: "The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds" and "A world in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions", by Thom Van Dooren; "A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans: with A theory of meaning", by Von Uexküll; "Steps to an Ecology of the Mind", by Gregory Bateson; "Exploring New Routes in the Postcolonial Environmental Humanities", by Lucio De Capitani and Shaul Bassi; and "Toward a Critique of Posthuman Futures", by Bart Simon. In the long run, the group aims to create a space of collaboration on new possibilities of storytelling, through different types of writings and media, that question the usual boundaries and canons of anthropological production.

If you are interested in joining the group, please send Dr. Narahara an email!


2018, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2011, M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2017, Lic., Social Sciences, Lutheran University of Brazil

2003, B.S., Biological Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Selected Publications

Narahara, Karine L. and Thiago M. Cardoso. Dossier Which World in Ruins? The Anthropocene at Stake, Revista de Antropologia Social - R@U, v. 14, n. 2, 2022.

Narahara, Karine L. and Inara Nascimento. Special Issue When the 'Other' is the Anthropologist: Reflections on Contemporary Ethnographic Productions, Revista Mediações, v. 27, n. 3, Dec. 2022.

Narahara, Karine. 2022. L. In Mapuche's Territory: Petroleum Companies and Cosmopolitics in Argentinian Patagonia. Rio de Janeiro: Ape'ku. 380 p.

Narahara, Karine L. Petroleum companies and cosmopolitical practices in Mapuche's territory. Tellus, Campo Grande, MS, ano 21, n. 46, p. 185-212, 2021.

Book Review

Santos, Antonela. Karine Lopes Narahara. Em territorio mapuche. Petroleiras e cosmopolíticas na Patagonia argentina. Río de Janeiro: Ape'Ku. 2022.

Book Review Translated to English

Selected Presentations

Narahara, Karine L. 2020. "An Anthropology Beyond the 'Other': Reflections of A Black Anthropologist Among the Mapuche". Paper presented at the 32nd Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA).

Narahara, Karine L. 2021. "Petroleum Companies and Cosmopolitical Practices in Mapuche's Territory". Paper presented at the XIII Biennal Conference of the Society for Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA), University of Virginia.

Art Production

Diáspora so(u)l, dance performance by Camila Daniel and Karine L. Narahara, directed by Camila Daniel. Creative Alliance Center, Baltimore, MD, December 7, 2019.

Between the Margin and the Center, directed by Karine L. Narahara, edited by Marcelo Bichara, 2011.


ANTH 4400 Environmental Anthropology (in-person)

ANTH 5400 Environmental Anthropology (in-person and online)

ANTH 3200 Latin America

ANTH 5031 Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods