Maron E. Greenleaf

|Lecturer and Reseach Associate
Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer

A sociocultural anthropologist and legal scholar, I study environmental value, politics, land use, and the economy in the context of a changing climate. Critical scholarship has documented the sociopolitical dynamics of carbon’s extraction via fossil fuels. I ask what happens culturally, politically, and socially when the aim is instead to keep carbon in the earth.

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Silsby 413A
HB 6047


  • B.A. Yale University
  • J.D. NYU School of Law
  • Ph. D. Stanford University

Selected Publications

Works In Progress

  • Greenleaf, Maron. Forest Lost: Carbon and Inclusion in the Brazilian Amazon. (Book manuscript)

  • Greenleaf, Maron. “Beneficiaries of Forest Carbon: Precarious Inclusion in the Brazilian Amazon.”

Selected other writing

Greenleaf, Maron. 2019. "California Polluters May Soon Be Able to Buy Carbon ‘Offsets’ from the Amazon—is that Ethical?” The Conversation, September 26, 2019. 

Greenleaf, Maron and Amelia Moore. 2016. "2015 Rappaport Student Prize Winner Maron Greenleaf Interviewed by Amelia Moore.” Anthropology News.