Jonathan Padwe is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. His research explores the production of nature and culture in borderlands and frontiers. In 2018 he will publish Written on the Land: Violence and Social Formation on a Cambodian Frontier. The book is a reading of history from the perspective of landscape, focused on the experience of a group of villages in the northeast highlands of Cambodia, along the country's border with Vietnam. Based on years of ethnographic field research with the Jarai highland minority group, Written on the Land documents Jarai ways of seeing the past, and of telling their own histories of migration, war and the expropriation and suffering that have come with 'development'.

Padwe previously conducted extensive field research with Aché foragers in eastern Paraguay.

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