Richard Schroeder

Professor of Geography in the Department of Anthropology

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Office: Brown Social Science Center 207
Phone: 781-736-2234
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Political ecology, Africa, conservation, development, wildlife tourism and trophy hunting, forestry, mining, agriculture, gender, race, nationality


  • ANTH 55a - Anthropology of Development
  • ANTH 151b - Nature, Culture, Power: Anthropology of the Environment
  • ENVS 49a - Conservation Politics
  • HS 201a - Political Ecology and Development


  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Macalester College

Richard Schroeder

Professor of Geography in the Department of Anthropology


Rick Schroeder, Professor of Anthropology, is a Geographer by training whose work lies at the intersection of political ecology, development studies, and African Studies. He has conducted research on gender vulnerability to drought and famine in Nigeria; gender, agroforestry and community forestry politics in The Gambia; counter-mapping, community wildlife benefit sharing and artisanal mining in Tanzania; race, nationality and South African investment in Tanzania; and trophy hunting in South Africa. Schroeder earned his BA from Macalester College; an MS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Environmental Studies; and a PhD in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley. He previously taught at Rutgers University, where he also served as founding Director of the Center for African Studies; Undergraduate Director, Graduate Director and Chair of the Department of Geography; and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is the author of Shady Practices: Gender and Agroforestry Politics in The Gambia; co-editor (with V. Broch-Due) of Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa; and author of Africa After Apartheid: South Africa, Race and Nation in Tanzania, which won the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography in 2012. He subsequently received the 2016 Robert Netting award for research and professional activities that bridge Geography and Anthropology from the AAG’s Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group. Schroeder is a past member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association, and a recipient of several teaching awards, including a 1995 Lilly Endowment Teaching Excellence Fellowship; a 2011 Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at Rutgers University; and the 2014 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools’ Graduate Teaching Award.