Matthew Wolf-Meyer

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Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Science 1, Department of Anthropology
Binghamton, New York 13902
Phone: 248-854-9066

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

ethnohistory of the United States; history and contemporary practice of science and medicine (1800-present); race and politics; nature/culture debates; urban and natural landscapes; human-environment interactions; sustainability and diet

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Biographical Sketch

Matthew Wolf-Meyer is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, in the State University of New York system. His work focuses on medicine, science, and media in the United States, and draws on history, contemporary experiences, and popular representations of health and illness. Wolf-Meyer holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (PhD, Anthropology, 2007), Bowling Green State University (MA, American Cultural Studies, 2002), the University of Liverpool (MA, Science Fiction Studies, 2000), and Oakland University (BA, Literature 1998). In 2001, along with Davin Heckman, Wolf-Meyer was one of the founding editors of reconstruction: studies in contemporary culture, one of the first Open Access journals. Wolf-Meyer is also a contributing editor to Somatosphere.

His second book, Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology (2019), is an autoethnographic exploration of speculative fiction as a source of social theory in the context of global and local catastrophes. Building on contemporary debates about the Anthropocene, Theory for the World to Come addresses the shortfalls in imagining livable futures and engages with critical race theory and indigenous futures to articulate an inclusive politics of the future.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Anthropology, 2002-2007.
  • Master of Arts, Bowling Green State University, American Cultural Studies, 2000-2002.
  • Master of Arts, University of Liverpool, English Literature (specialization in Science Fiction Studies), 1999-2000.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Oakland University, Major: English Literature and Language, Minor:¬†Philosophy, Concentration: Religious Studies, 1994-1998.

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