BA, Williams College, Anthropology & Psychology, 2001
MA, Brown University, Anthropology, Museum Studies, with a focus on Native American living history museums, 2003
PhD Brown University, Anthropology, with a focus on Environmental and critical Medical Anthropology, 2010
Native American food systems, food sovereignty, Native American environmental health movements, heirloom seeds, Indigenous uses of fire, Native American museum curation, community based participatory research, environmental justice, food justice
My research focuses on Native American environmental health and food sovereignty movements. My first book The River is In Us; Fighting Toxins in a Mohawk Community, (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) is an ethnographic exploration of Akwesasne Mohawks’ response to Superfund contamination and environmental health research. My second book project From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds;’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming) explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country: the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts like food sovereignty, the importance of heritage seeds, the role of Native chefs in the food sovereignty movement, and convergences between the food sovereignty and anti-pipeline and anti-mining movements. I also co-edited, with Devon Mihesuah, Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). I have published articles about food sovereignty, environmental reproductive justice in Native American communities, the cultural impact of fish advisories on Native communities, tribal citizen science, and health social movements.
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2017. The River is in Us; Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Awards: Labriola Center Book Award from the American Indian Studies program at Arizona State University, the Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University; and the Julian Steward award from the Environment and Society section of the American Anthropological Assoc
Mihesuah, Devon and Elizabeth Hoover, editors. 2019. Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Awards: Three Gourmand International Book Awards in the categories of: University Presses, Arctic, and Food Heritage.
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2020. “Native Food Systems Impacted by COVID” Journal of Agriculture and Human Values 37(3). DOI: 10.1007/s10460-020-10089-7 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10460-020-10089-7?wt_mc=Inter...
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2020. “For Tribal Peoples, Food Justice Requires Environmental Justice.” In Lessons in Environmental Justice. Edited by Michael Mascarenhas, Sage Publishing.
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2020. “Whose Citizenship in ‘Citizen Science;’ Tribal Identity, Civic Dislocation, and Environmental Health Research.” IN Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post Truth Age. edited by Thom Davies and Alice Mah, Manchester University Press.
Hoover, Elizabeth 2019. “‘Fires were lit inside them;’ The Pyropolitics of Water Protector Camps at Standing Rock.” RIAS - Review of International American Studies; Indigenous Social Movements in the Americas issue 12(1):11-44. Available at https://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/RIAS/article/view/7391
Hoover, Elizabeth and Sean Sherman. 2019. “The answers to our ancestors’ prayers;” Seeding a movement for health and culture.” 2018 Conference Proceedings for the Oxford Food Symposium. Paper and presentation won the “Oxford Food Symposium Outstanding New Presenter Award”
White, Rowen and Elizabeth Hoover. 2019. “Our Living Relatives: Maintaining Resilience and Seed Diversity in Native American Communities.” IN The New Farmers Almanac, Vol 4, edited and published by the Greenhorns. P 332-337.
Isaac, Gwyneira; Joseph Gone, Jenny Joe, Elizabeth Hoover, Clarita Lefthand Begay, Stewart Hill. 2018. “Native American Perspectives on Health and Traditional Environmental Knowledge” Environmental Health Perspectives 126(12). https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP1944
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2017. “’You can’t say you’re sovereign if you can’t feed yourself:’ Defining and Enacting Food Sovereignty in American Indian Community Gardening” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 41(3): 31-70. DOI 10.17953/aicrj.41.3.hoover
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2017. “Environmental Reproductive Justice: Intersections in an American Indian Community Impacted by Environmental Contamination.” Environmental Sociology. Published online September 30 2017. DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2017.1381898
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2016. “We’re not going to be guinea pigs;” Citizen Science and Environmental Health in a Native American Community” Journal of Science Communication 15(1). Published online January 21 2016. Available at http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/15/01/JCOM_1501_2016_A05
Hoover, Elizabeth, Phil Brown, Michael Edelstein and Mia Renauld. 2015. “Social Science Collaboration with Environmental Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives DOI:10.1289 http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1409283/
Hoover, Elizabeth. 2013. “Cultural and Health Implications of Fish Advisories in a Native American Community" Ecological Processes 2:4. doi:10.1186/2192-1709-2-4 http://www.ecologicalprocesses.com/content/2/1/4/abstract
Hoover, Elizabeth, Katsi Cook, Ron Plain, Kathy Sanchez, Vi Waghiyi, Pamela Miller, Renee Dufault, Caitlin Sislin and David O. Carpenter. 2012. “Indigenous Peoples of North America: Environmental Exposures and Reproductive Justice” Environmental Health Perspectives.120:1645-1649. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ehp.1205422.pdf
Brown, Phil; Stephen Zavestoski, Sabrina McCormick, Brian Mayer, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Rebecca Gasior Altman, Crystal Adams, and Elizabeth Hoover. 2011. “Embodied Health Movements: Uncharted Territory in Social Movement Research.” In Contested Illnesses: Ethnographic Explorations. Edited by Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Stephen Zavestoski. University of California Press.
Brown,Phil; Rachel Morello-Frosch, Stephen Zavestoski, Laura Senier, Rebecca Altman, Elizabeth Hoover, Sabrina McCormick, Brian Mayer, and Crystal Adams. 2010. “Health Social Movements: Advancing Traditional Medical Sociology Concepts” In Handbook of Health, Illness & Healing: Blueprint for the 21st Century. Ed by Bernice A. Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Jane McLeod, and Anne Rogers, New York: Springer. P 117-138.
Brown, Phil; Rachel Morello-Frosch , Stephen Zavestoski, Laura Senier, Rebecca Altman, Elizabeth Hoover, Sabrina McCormick, Brian Mayer, and Crystal Adams. 2010. “Field Analysis and Policy Ethnography: New Directions for Studying Health Social Movements.” IN Social Movements and the Transformation of American Health Care. Edited by Mayer Zald, Jane Banaszak-Holl, and Sandra Levitsky. Oxford University Press. P 101-116.
Hoover, Elizabeth, Phil Brown, Mara Averick, Robert Hurt, and Agnes Kane. 2009. "Teaching Small and Thinking Large: Effects of Including Social and Ethical Implications in an Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Course." Journal of Nano Education. 1(1): 86-95.
Senier, Laura; Benjamin Hudson; Sarah Fort; Elizabeth Hoover; Rebecca Tilson; Phil Brown. 2008 "The Brown Superfund Basic Research Program: A Multistakeholder Partnership Addresses Real-World Problems in Contaminated Communities" Environmental Science and Technology. 42 (13), pp 4655–4662.
2019 Julian Steward book award from Anthropology & Environment Section for The River is In Us
2018-2019 Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship
2018-2019 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship (declined)
2018-2019 National Humanities Center Fellowship (declined)
2018 Oxford Food Symposium Outstanding New Presenter Award
2018 Labriola Center Book Award for The River is in Us
2018 Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph for The River is in Us
2014-2015 Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship
2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities/Social Sciences, Brown University
2015 Oshkiigitiged award, issued by the White Earth Land Recovery Project
2010 Society for Applied Anthropology Beatrice Medicine Travel Award
2010 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award
2009-2010 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2009-2010 Swearer Center (Brown University) Dissertation Grant
2008-2009 National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Dissertation Improvement Grant
2008-2009 Switzer Environmental Fellowship
2008-2009 ELP Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship
2008-2009 Lynn Reyer Tribal Community Development Grant, issued by the Society for the Preservation of American Indian Culture