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Heather O'Leary

Lecturer in Sociocultural Anthropology
PhD, University of Minnesota
MA, University of Chicago
BA, University of Michigan

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mailing address:

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

Heather O'Leary is an interdisciplinary environmental anthropologist with deep commitment to teaching students about power disparities, natural resource distribution, and intersectionality.  

O'Leary's Fulbright and Wenner-Gren funded research explores the cultural dimensions of the technologies of legitimacy in India’s water allocation through engaged ethnography—specifically by waiting with women on the roadside for water deliveries, fostering discussion in local community groups, and participating in the everyday family lives of the urban poor. 

For more information, visit Heather O'Leary's department profile