I am a cultural anthropologist specializing in environmental knowledge, Indigenous communities and social theory. The fieldwork I have conducted in the Philippines, Indonesia and the United States encompasses the study of violence, phenomenology, religion, ecological knowledge and comparative Indigenous histories. I completed my PhD at the University of Arizona, MA from UC-Berkeley and MA and BA from Yale. My recent work has been published in Human Ecology, The Annual Review of Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Ethnohistory and HAU. The National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation have funded my research. Before coming to Smith College, I held academic positions in Maryland, Canada, Australia and France.
Y.A. Orr and R.I. Orr, Tricksters and Experimental Deception: Knowledge Creation in American Indian and Scientific Communities, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
Orr, R.I. and Y.A. Orr, Victory for All, Administration for Some: An Examination of
Differences in the Impact of Indigenous Jurisdictional Expansion in Oklahoma, Policy Design and Practice, Vol. 4, No 2.
Orr, R.I. and Y.A. Orr, Compositional Stasis and Flexibility in American Indian Tribes Ethnohistory, Vol. 68:2, pp. 191-213.