Author: Sophie Chao

Dr. Sophie Chao (she/her) is Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney. Her research in anthropology and the environmental humanities investigates the intersections of Indigeneity, ecology, capitalism, health, and justice in the Pacific. Sophie is author of In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua (Duke University Press, 2022), which received the Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award in 2021. She is also co-editor of The Promise of Multispecies Justice (Duke University Press, 2022) with Karin Bolender and Eben Kirksey. Sophie previously worked for the human rights organization Forest Peoples Programme in Indonesia, supporting the rights of forest-dwelling Indigenous peoples to their customary lands, resources, and livelihoods.