Bio


Kristyn Hara is a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University and currently teaches in the “Living with Viruses,” “The Cause is Uncertain,” and “100,000 Years of War” courses. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research interests consist of anthropological theory and method, historical and political ecology, urbanism, materiality, spatial theory, and political philosophy.

Kristyn’s doctoral research engaged archaeologically with the entanglements of human and forest histories as they are materially, relationally, and discursively expressed at monastic institutions as part of an urbanizing landscape at the ancient capital of Angkor, Cambodia. Her work, which was funded by sources including the Fulbright Program, National Geographic, the Society for American Archaeology, and the University of Chicago, mobilizes archaeological and paleoethnobotanical data to explore forest-based socio-ecologies at Angkor during the Angkorian Period (802-1431 C.E.) and demonstrates the long-term importance of community-based institutions in forest management and practices and their role in the production of past and present landscapes. Kristyn is also involved in research initiatives centered on Food-Energy-Water (FEW) dynamics within the context of hydropower development, climate change, and (trans)national politics in the Mekong region.

In her free time, Kristyn enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, reading philosophy, and composing music.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Anthropology (2017)
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Anthropology (2010)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology (2008)

2018-19 Courses