Jessica  O’Reilly

Jessica O’Reilly

Assistant Professor, International Studies

  • GISB 1022
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  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2008
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2003
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2000


I am an environmental anthropologist who studies how scientists and policy makers participate in environmental management, both in regards to the Antarctic environment and global climate change. I use participant observation and ethnographic interviews to examine how people and ideas in science and policy interact, how experts make decisions about matters of concern, and how relationships with the environment inform knowledge production. I have conducted research in Antarctica, New Zealand, at the Antarctic Treaty consultative meetings and at meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). My current project analyzes how assessors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change make decisions in the writing of their assessment reports, which form the core set of science advice to the UNFCCC.