Cymene Howe

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Berkeley, California
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • B.A.
  • PhD
Alma mater
  • University of California
  • University of New Mexico
  • Anthropologist
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Cymene Howe is a cultural anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States. Her research has focused on environment, inequalities and the anthropology of climate change. She has also been active in multi-modal approaches to knowledge and public anthropology through podcasting, documentary filmmaking and installations, most notably the Okjökull memorial.


Born in Berkeley, California, and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Howe attended public schools throughout her education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Women’s Studies and graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1992. After completing her B.A. She was founding staff of Wired in 1993 where she worked as an intern and content reviewer on the first issue of the magazine. Her graduate training in cultural anthropology was carried out at the University of New Mexico under the co-supervision of Dr. Louise Lamphere and Dr. Les W. Field, where she received a PhD in cultural anthropology with distinction in 2003. After completing a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University Howe served as Assistant Professor (2007-2009) in the Department of Anthropology at American University before moving to Rice University where she became Associate (2014) and then Full Professor (2020).


Howe has conducted anthropological field work in Nicaragua, Mexico, Iceland and the United States and she has been the recipient of several research grants, including from the National Science Foundation and The Fulbright Program. She has been an invited Society Scholar in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and a Visiting Fellow at Durham University, U.K. From 2015-2018 she served as co-editor of the journal Cultural Anthropology and was founding faculty of The Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) at Rice University (now the Center for Environmental Studies).

With Dominic Boyer, she carried out one of the first major anthropological studies on renewable energy transition. The research took place in Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, site of the world’s densest concentration of terrestrial wind parks and became the subject of two books, Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Howe) and Energopolitics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Boyer).[1] She also co-produced 200 episodes of the Cultures of Energy podcast[2] from 2016-2019 with Boyer.

From 2016-2018, Howe led research in Iceland for “Melt: The social life of ice at the top of the world,” that centered on the cultural impact of Icelandic glacial loss.[3] Based on that project, with Boyer in 2018, she produced and co-directed a documentary film about Okjökull (Ok glacier) the first major Icelandic glacier to be declassified as a glacier due to global warming. The educational film, Not Ok: A little movie about a small glacier at the end of the world,[4] featured the voice of Jón Gnarr as Ok mountain.

In August 2019, Howe and Boyer organized the installation of a memorial to Okjökull, the first of Iceland’s major glaciers to be destroyed by climate change. They invited Andri Snaer Magnason to author the words for the memorial plaque.

The memorial event was attended by several political figures and others, and was widely covered by the international news media.[5][6][7]


  • The Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon (Punctum Books, 2020; co-edited with Anand Pandian)
  • Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Duke University Press, 2019)
  • Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua (Duke University Press, 2013)
  • 21st Century Sexualities: Contemporary Issues in Health, Education and Rights (Routledge 2007; co-edited with Gilbert Herdt)


  1. Howe, Cymene; Boyer, Dominic (2016-05-01). "Aeolian Extractivism and Community Wind in Southern Mexico". Public Culture. 28 (2 (79)): 215–235. doi:10.1215/08992363-3427427. ISSN 0899-2363.
  2. "CENHS @ Rice! » Cultures of Energy Podcasts". Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  3. "Sensing Asymmetries in Other-than-human Forms". Retrieved 2020-04-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "not ok movie". not ok movie. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  5. "Scientists Unveil Memorial To Iceland's 'First' Dead Glacier Lost To Climate Change". Time. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  6. "A glacier is dead. A monument will tell visitors whose fault it was". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-04-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. France-Presse, Agence (2019-08-19). "Iceland holds funeral for first glacier lost to climate change". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-28.

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