Maron E. Greenleaf

|Lecturer and Reseach Associate
Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer

I am a sociocultural anthropologist, political ecologist, and legal scholar studying the environment and economy. I examine how people interact with and govern the worlds around them and the kinds of economic and cultural values this produces. In particular, I examine efforts to create “green economies” that match economic growth with environmental protection. This research explores how these human-environment relations can both exacerbate inequity and injustice, as well as enable new political practices and aspirations.

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Silsby 413A
HB 6047


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

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

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

  • Mendoza, Marcos, Maron Greenleaf, and Eric Thomas. “Green Distributive Politics.

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.