Stephanie Friede is a Cultural Anthropologist. Her research explores the social side of renewable energy development in Latin America. Stephanie's dissertation, “Atmospheric Pressure: An Ethnography of Wind, Turbines, and Zapotec Life in Southern Mexico,” is based on over 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork carried out among energy experts, government bureaucrats, and citizen activists in Mexico, Europe, and beyond. Stephanie is motivated by the conviction that long-term interdisciplinary research rooted in ethnographic methods can help the world address global climate change.
Stephanie received her Master's Degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her thesis, “Extracting the Past, Producing the Present: Narratives of Progress, Controversy, and History in Southeastern Kentucky,” explores how past experiences inform the way coal mining communities plan for the future. Prior to graduate school, Stephanie worked on two award–winning documentary films about resource extraction in Latin America –– "When Clouds Clear" (2007) and "Crude" (2009). Stephanie currently resides in Durham, North Carolina. She will move with her family to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in June 2018.