Christover M. Annear

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Ph.D. Candidate, Sociocultural Anthropology


Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts


Mailing Address

Boston University
232 Bay State Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Mail address:
41 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apt 2
Somerville, Massachusetts 02145 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 857-389-6143
fax: 617-353-2610

Countries of Specialization


Research Interests

I am an environmental and symbolic anthropologist with a strong empirical
and theoretical foundation in Southern and Central Africa. I teach
courses on Africa, the social and biophysical environment, and
anthropological theory. My research and writing to date has focused on
the Mweru-Luapula region of northern Zambia and urban life in and around

My dissertation, entitled "Weathering the Commons: Resilience and
Heterogeneity in an Inland Fishery, Mweru-Luapula, Zambia," will be
defended in October 2008. It concerns the interplay between environmental
and human communities in a transnational fishery in south-central Africa.
In the dissertation I describe and analyze the impact and processes at
play as people socialize their environments, while also discussing how
heterogeneous communities can..contrary to popular theory..sustainably
manage a commonly held resource.


"Navigating Constricted Channels: Local Cooption, Coercion, and
Concentration under Co-management, Mweru-Luapula Fishery, Zambia," Journal
of Political Ecology (accepted, in press).

"'GM or Death': Food and Choice in Zambia," Gastronomica: The Journal
of Food and Culture (peer reviewed), Spring 2004, 4(2): 16-23.
[Also published as: Boston University African Studies Center Working Paper
No. 247.]

"'Legislating Liverpool': The Role of Law in the Development and
Conservation of the Mweru-Luapula Fishery, Zambia." In Ann Seidman, Robert
B. Seidman, Pumzo Mbana, and Hanson Hu Li, eds. 2007. Africa's Challenge:
Using Law for Good Governance and Development. Trenton, NJ: Africa World
Press, Inc., pp. 175-220.


Anthropology, Zambia, political ecology, environment, mortuary rites, funerals, Chibemba