Carolyn Barnes

Carolyn Barnes

Lecturer in Sociocultural Anthropology
PHD, Washington University in St. Louis

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  • Washington University
    CB 1114
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis MO 63130

Carolyn Barnes is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses in the Global Health and Environment track.

Barnes' scholarship draws on multispecies ethnography, agrarian studies, medical anthropology, and science and technology studies to broadly examine how the dynamics of culture and capitalism converge to shape—and at times undermine—entangled human, animal, and environmental lives. As a lens into these processes, her ethnographic research and writing specifically examine the world of Thoroughbred horseracing in central Kentucky, where she was born and raised. 


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Forthcoming. “‘Puttin’ Eyes on a Horse’: Horsemanship Attunements and the Merry-go-round of Thoroughbred Racing in Kentucky.” Anthropological Quarterly.

Forthcoming. "Kentucky Kindling: Stoking Swidden Anthropology with Fire-play on the Family Farm." Anthropology & Humanism.

Longform Book Review Essay

With Peter Benson. 2020. “Larger than Life, with Promises and Dangers Looming. On Alex Blanchette’s Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and The Factory Farm...”  Anthropological Quarterly 93 (4): 777-788. 


Anthro 138: First Year Seminar: Anthropological Perspectives on COVID-19

Anthro 160: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Anthro 3869: Sports, Health, and Society

Anthro 3875: Pharmaceutical Personhood

Anthro 3880: Multispecies Worlds: Animals, Global Health, and Environment