Jesse Ribot is a professor of environmental politics in the School of International Service at American University. He was in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign from 2008 to 2018. Before 2008, he worked at the World Resources Institute, taught in the Urban Studies and Planning department at MIT and was a fellow at the Department of Politics of the New School for Social Research, Agrarian Studies at Yale University, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Woodrow Wilson Center and Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Most recently, he has been a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioural Sciences and an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University and of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Ribot is an Africanist studying local democracy, resource access and social vulnerability. He is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow based at the Wagner School at NYU and CUNY Graduate Center Anthropology Program.