Noam Osband


My dissertation focuses on Mexican and American migrant workers who perform reforestation work in the United States.  I try to understand the different motivations that lead people to choose this physically punishing work and the way workers construct culturally specific narratives for valorizing their difficult job. I am also interested in the potential of visual anthropology as an alternative form of academic knowledge transmission, and my dissertation will be a documentary film.


BA. Harvard University, History, 2003 Mst. Oxford University, Social Anthropology, 2008.

Research Interests

visual anthropology and documentary filmmaking, medical anthropology, affect, United States, precarious labor, labor migration, forestry