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Mark Moritz

Mark Moritz

Mark Moritz

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology


614 247-7426

4058 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Pastoral systems
  • Management of common-pool resources
  • Ecology of infectious diseases
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Environmental security
  • Herder-farmer conflicts
  • Coupled human and natural systems


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, UCLA 2003
  • MA Anthropology, Leiden University 1995

My research focuses on the transformation of African pastoral systems. I examine how pastoralists adapt to changing ecological, political and institutional conditions that affect their lives and livelihoods. I have been conducting research with pastoralists in the Far North Region of Cameroon since 1993. The long-term research has resulted in strong collaborations with local researchers, which has allowed me to develop innovative, interdisciplinary research projects with colleagues at the Ohio State University and the University of Maroua in Cameroon

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