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Tufts University
Department of Anthropology
309 Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2802
(On leave, Spring 2018)


Alex Blanchette
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. The University of Chicago, 2013
M.A. The University of Chicago, 2008
B.A. The University of Toronto, 2004

Industrial agriculture, animal studies, ethnography of labor, food studies, United States

Major Awards

  • Advanced Seminar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe NM (2016)
  • Ciriacy-Wantrup Visiting Scholar Fellowship in Geography, The University of California, Berkeley (2015-2016)
  • Richard Saller Prize for best dissertation in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago (2013-2014)
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Engaged Anthropology Grant, (2013)
  • Weatherhead Fellowship, School For Advanced Research, Santa Fe (2012-2013)
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2010)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2009-2010)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2006-2009)

Scholarship & Research
My research is concerned with the politics of industrial labor and life in a post-industrial United States. My first book, Porkopolis: Standardized Life, American Animality, and the "Factory" Farm, is an ethnography of labor within some of the world’s largest meat corporations, one that follows the making of the pig across every facet of its existence from genetics to bone-rendering plants. I am currently researching a second book on remaining traces of large-scale slaughter in contemporary Chicago. It asks how people try to maintain, remake, or redeem the legacies of the meatpacking yards that gave us industrialism as we know it today. At Tufts, I teach classes on environmentalism, the end of work, animal life, food production, and ethnography.