Kymberley Chu

Anthropology Graduate Student

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA in Anthropology & International Relations, University of California (Davis), 2021

Field Research Plans/History:

Kymberley Chu’s doctoral research looks at how different human communities in Malaysia perceive and co-construct cultural perceptions of animals. Collaborating with citizen scientists, conservationists, and farmers, she traces the life cycle of monkeys and pigs villainized as ‘colonial pests’. Animal sociability as a moral, political, and economic quality challenges us to rethink questions of personhood and species management under the ongoing legacies of capitalism and colonialism. Kymberley's previous journalistic reportage focused on environmental histories of dispossession in Malaysia for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Lastly, she is a first-generation student and is happy to answer questions about graduate school for prospective applicants.

Areas of Interest:

Anthropology of Capitalism, Critical Animal Studies, Environmental Anthropology, Global Health, Science and Technology Studies, Multispecies Theory

Publications, Multimedia Projects:

Seeing One Animal, Two Beings (in progress)

Representing the ‘Pathogenic Other’ in Malaysian Porcine Worlds (in progress)

Making More-than-Human and Multispecies Theory as Praxis: An AES Reading List

Palm Oil Worlds: An Interview with Dr. Sophie Chao, American Ethnological Society (AES)

How the Media Greenwashes Industrial Pig Farming in Malaysia, Sentient Media

Buddhist Monks Fight To Protect Mountain Home, Deutsche Welle

Fishers’ Net Loss From Tourism Developments, The Ecologist

Flood Survivors Struggle to Rebuild in Malaysia, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Membership/activities in graduate student events or organizations:

American Ethnological Society (AES) Editorial Intern

GRADFUTURES Social Impact Fellow at XPRIZE

IHUM Multispecies Reading Group Co-Organizer

ANT201 (Introduction to Anthropology) Preceptor

Long-Tailed Macaque Project (LTM) Collaborator

Princeton Multispecies Salon Participant

Society of Ethnobiology Reviewer