David Jenkins

Executive Director, Roundhouse Institute for Field Studies


David Jenkins is the director of Roundhouse Institute for Field Studies, a non-profit research and educational organization focused on human/environment interactions. He has taught anthropology, history, and environmental studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bates College, and the University of Southern Maine. To participate in the Carnegie Council project on values and policies, he worked as a research associate at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He has also worked as cultural anthropologist for the U.S. National Park Service, Northeast Region.

Jenkins has conducted research in a number of regions, including central Peru, the central coast of British Columbia, and the American southwest, and has authored publications on a range of topics, including Inka myth and social organization, kinship, and road networks; the history of American anthropology; and U.S. environmental policy. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, Department of Anthropology, in 1998.

Featured Work

JUN 19, 2001 Transcript

Interview with David Jenkins, Environmental Values Project

David Jenkins focuses on two case studies: oil-field waste disposal in a southern Louisiana community of only 318, and the development of alternative communities in rapidly ...