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Jonathan Eaton

PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Jonathan Eaton is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation places people-focused, heritage-based research into conversation with disaster research by investigating the ways that disaster-struck communities can and do draw on their cultural heritage as a source of support in post-disaster recovery. Jonathan earned an MA in anthropology from the University of Toronto and a BA in history from Valparaiso University. Prior to embarking on a PhD, Jonathan spent more than 7 years living in Albania, first on a Fulbright scholarship and then working with the non-profit organization Cultural Heritage without Borders on issues related to heritage conservation, interpretation, and education.


  • 2018–present
    PhD Student in Anthropology, University of British Columbia
  • 2012–2018
    Program Officer, Cultural Heritage without Borders-Albania


  • 2011 
    University of Toronto, MA in Anthropology
  • 2009 
    Valparaiso University, BA in History


  • 2022
    "Heritage Languages and Language as Heritage: The Language of Heritage in Canada and Beyond", International Journal of Heritage Studies (with M. Turin)
  • 2022
    "Acting Out the Future of the Albanian National Theatre: New Heritage at the Intersection of Resistance and New Media", in Theorizing Heritage through Non-Violent Resistance, eds. E. Uzer and F. Hammami (with K. Rocker)
  • 2022
    "Austrian Economics on Mushrooms: A Mycelial Approach to Understanding Market Processes in Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning in Vancouver, Canada", in Market Process and Market Order: From Human Action, but Not of Human Design, eds. C. Coyne, R. Candela and K. Collins
  • 2017
    "Rebuilding the Broken: Regional Restoration Camps as a Meeting Platform in the Western Balkans", in Heritage and Peacebuilding, eds. D. Walters, D. Laven and P. Davis (with L. Hadžić)
  • 2016
    "The Consequences of Neglect: Confronting Neglected Heritage as an Integral Part of Emergency Preparedness and Response", e-dialogos
  • 2014
    "Chiseling away at a concrete legacy: Engaging with Communist-era heritage and memory in Albania", Journal of Field Archaeology (with E. Roshi)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Professional Memberships

  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Research Areas

  • Heritage And Cultural Conservation (210202)
  • Anthropology (1601)
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
  • History And Theory Of The Built Environment (Excl. Architecture) (120502)