Gregory Thaler

Department of International Affairs
Assistant Professor

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Gregory Thaler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. His research examines the political ecology and political economy of development, global environmental governance, and agrarian politics. He has a special interest in comparative and ethnographic methodology and regional focuses in Latin America and Southeast Asia. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University (2017) and holds an MA from Cornell University (2014) and a BA from Yale University (2007).


Ph.D., Cornell University, 2017, Government

M.A., Cornell University, 2014, Government

B.A., Yale University, 2007, Political Science

Areas of Expertise
  • Political Ecology
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Environmental Governance
  • Agrarian Politics
  • Comparative and Ethnographic Methodology
Course Instruction

INTL 1100 Introduction to Global Issues

INTL 8500 Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming. “Greening the Amazon Frontier: Agrarian Change and Environmental Subjectivities in São Félix do Xingu.” The Journal of Peasant Studies (with Marianne Schmink, Jeffrey Hoelle, and Carlos Valério Gomes).
  • 2017. “The Land Sparing Complex: Environmental Governance, Agricultural Intensification, and State Building in the Brazilian Amazon.” Annals of the American Association of GeographersDOI: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1309966.
  • 2017. “Shifting Cultivation, Contentious Land Change and Forest Governance: The Politics of Swidden in East Kalimantan.” The Journal of Peasant Studies (with Cut Augusta Mindry Anandi). DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1243531.
  • 2015. “The 21st-Century Agricultural Land Rush.” in The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics and Society edited by Ronald J. Herring. New York: Oxford University Press.