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Emily Benton Hite

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Saint Louis University

I study the intersection of Indigenous rights and hydropower development within the context of climate governance. I conduct mixed-methods ethnographic research across multiple levels of governance: at international climate-related conferences (where policy is produced) and in local Indigenous communities (where policy is enacted). I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Saint Louis University, where I am also a primary investigator at the Water Institute. I am the regional co-chair of the Global River Protection Coalition.


  • 2023–present
    Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University


  • 2021 
    University of Colorado Boulder, PhD Cultural Anthropology


  • 2024
    FERC, hydropower, and tribal rights,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 2018
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association