Mackenzie Cramblit

Cultural Anthropology

I am a sixth year PhD Candidate in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke. My research and writing are motivated by questions of care, value, and intimacy, particularly in relation to rural places and the collectives of humans and nonhumans that inhabit them. I am interested in what constitutes an “environment,” how environments are made livable, and how we become attached to each other in their midst. My dissertation explores these themes through a sensual ethnography of hospitality and conservation in a remote community on the West Coast of Scotland: a place where proximate relations are not always intimate ones, and where social value emerges in the work of “doing” warmth and wildness. As a PhD Lab Fellow, I am working to develop a collaborative online space for experimental ethnographic writing.