Erica Jaffe Redner


Erica Jaffe Redner is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology.  Her research is broadly concerned with social outcomes that emerge from the decision-making of a diverse set of institutions and actors in the economic sphere, with a strong emphasis on corporations.  Erica’s current work examines the extent to which the systematic rise in layoffs, temporary employment, and offshoring by American employers over the past several decades has diminished or enhanced Americans’ commitment to (or propensity for) community building, service, equality, loyalty, empathy, and compassion.  She is also interested in micro-level social experiences in the workplace (for instance, individual experiences of leader-member exchange and psychological safety) and their impact on one’s family and community relationships.  Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Erica served as a research assistant at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Kennedy School of Government, and remains deeply committed to both institutions’ missions of mobilizing scholarship to address practical problems.

Selected Publications


“In the Name of Development: Moving Cerrejón Mountain, Its Coal, and Its People.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America 13:2 (Winter 2014), pp. 54-57.ón_Mountain_Its_Coal_and_Its_People
“Extracted from Colombia: One Woman’s Work to Counteract the Destructive Force of Multinational Mining on the Wayúu of La Guajira.” Cultural Survival Quarterly 36:1 (March 2012), pp. 8-9.úu_of_La_Guajira“Voice of Conscience: Mick Dodson’s Place Amidst Australia’s Unfinished Business.” Cultural Survival Quarterly 35:4 (December 2011), pp. 10-11.

Graduate Status