David Bond teaches on the environment and public action. Trained as an anthropologist, Bond studies oil spills and their imprint on environmental science and governance. His work shows how toxic disruptions can fix vital relations with new forms of knowledge and care.
Bond is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the scientific measurement and political management of the disastrous qualities of crude oil. He has conducted ethnographic research on leaky refineries in the Caribbean, on the figure of the Keystone XL Pipeline, corporate social responsibility in the tar sands of Alberta, and the scientific and political response to the BP Oil Spill. Bond is currently working on three projects: a critical history of the category of the environment; a collaborative ethnography on the ends of oil in northern Alaska; and a community engaged response to the discovery of the chemical PFOA in Bennington, VT and Hoosick Falls, NY. His research has been supported by Wenner Gren, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the National Science Foundation; his publications have appeared in Anthropology Now, Cultural Anthropology, and American Ethnologist. Bond holds a PhD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. He has taught on the environment and public action at Bennington since 2013 and is the associate director of the Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). He is also co-founder of the Bennington College Prison Education Initiative.
For the academic year Fall 18 – Spring 19, Bond will be in residency at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
Current Research Projects
Environment: A Disastrous History of the Hydrocarbon Present
The Ends of Oil: Nature and Culture in a Changing Alaska
David Bond. 2018. "Environment: Critical Reflections on the Concept," Occasional Papers of the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Paper Number 64 (November).
David Bond. 2017. "Oil in the Caribbean: Refineries, Mangroves, and the Negative Ecologies of Crude Oil," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 59(3): pp. 600-628.
David Bond. 2015. “The Promising Predicament of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Anthropology Now, 7(1): pp. 20-28.
David Bond and Lucas Bessire. 2014. “Ontological Anthropology and the Deferral of Critique,” American Ethnologist, 41(3): pp. 440-456.
David Bond. 2013. “Governing Disaster: The Political Life of the Environment During the BP Oil Spill,” Cultural Anthropology, 28(4): pp. 694-715.
David Bond. 2011. “The Science of Catastrophe: Making Sense of the BP Oil Spill,” Anthropology Now, 3(1): pp. 36-46.
Ann Laura Stoler and David Bond. 2006. “Refractions Off Empire: Untimely Comparisons in Harsh Times,” Radical History Review (95), pp. 93-107.
David Bond. 2020. After Oil, Anthropology News, Climate Issue (March/April): pp. 22-25.
David Bond, Jakub Crcha, and Shachi Mokashi. 2019. Oil Train Smuggles Deadly Risk into our Backyards, Again, Op-Ed in Bennington Banner (Oct 18).
David Bond. 2018. PFOA Victims Deserve Medical Monitoring, Health Care, Op-Ed in Times Union (Aug 21).
David Bond, Janet Foley, and Tim Schroeder. 2018. New Research Suggests PFOA Contamination Far More Extensive Than Originally Thought, Bennington Banner (Aug 2): A6.
David Bond and Jorja Rose. 2018. Saint-Gobain's Claims Don't Hold Water, Vermont Digger (May 20).
David Bond. 2017. Oil Trains in Bennington: Context and Concerns, Bennington Banner (Nov 26): A6.
David Bond and Phoebe Cohen. 2017. “Dismantling EPA: What This Means for Vermont,” Op-Ed in Bennington Banner (Feb 1): pp. A6.
David Bond and Lucas Bessire. 2017. “Introduction: The Rise of Trumpism,” HotSpots Series, guest edited by Bond and Bessire, Cultural Anthropology Online, January 18.
David Bond and Lucas Bessire. 2014. “Ontology: A Difficult Keyword,” Virtual Issue, American Ethnologist, guest edited by Bond and Bessire, September 25.
David Bond and Lucas Bessire. 2014. “The Ontological Spin,” Fieldsights—Commentary, Cultural Anthropology Online, February 28.
David Bond. 2013. “Crude Domination?,” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 18(3): pp. 527-9.
David Bond. 2013. “What Was Lost in the BP Oil Spill?,” Anthropology Now, 5(3): pp. 97-101.