Faculty profile

Lindsay Bell

Assistant Professor


441 Mahar Hall

Office hours

Wednesday 2-4 pm

Lindsay Bell is an assistant professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Oswego. Her research examines indigenous-state relations vis-à-vis transnational extractive industries in arctic countries. Her writing is grounded in ethnographic fieldwork with indigenous and (im)migrant workers touched by large-scale resource development in the Circumpolar World. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto and her MA from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is the editor of North American Dialogue, the Society for the Anthropology of North America’s peer-reviewed journal. Trained in anthropology, education and sociolinguistics, I earned my PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013. In the fall of 2017, I was a Language for a Changing Society fellow at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. For the past twelve years, I have studied, taught, lived and worked in circumpolar North America where I have attended to intersections between language, political economy and social inequality. In both Alaska and northern Canada, I have primarily focused on Indigenous-state relations in regions where the defining paradox is the co-occurrence of resource wealth and human impoverishment. My scholarship addresses questions of embodied sovereignty and citizenship, work/livelihood, and the cultural and corporeal consequences of large-scale extraction. My new project "Transparency: An Ethnography of a Global Social Value" was recently funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


  • Sociocultural & linguistic anthropology
  • Circumpolar world
  • Natural resource development
  • Visual & ethnographic methods
  • Aboriginal/indigenous-state relations


  • Bell, Lindsay (2016). “Searching for Evidence Based-Traditions: Addiction treatment in Canada’s Northwest Territories”. Medicine Anthropology, Theory. 3(1). 
  • Bell, Lindsay (forthcoming). “Soft skills, hard rocks: Making Diamonds Ethical in Canada’s Northwest Territories” FOCAAL: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.
  • Heller, M., L. Bell, M. Daveluy, H. Noel and M. McLaughlin (2016) .Sustaining the Nation: Natural Resources and the Making of a National Linguistic Minority. Oxford UP.


  • 2014- “Temporalities of Unemployment in Offshore Oil, Newfoundland Canada” Society for Cultural Anthropology Bi-Annual Meeting. Detroit, MI.
  • 2014- “Searching for evidenced based traditions: Addiction treatment in Canada’s Northwest Territories” American Anthropological Association. Washington DC.
  • 2015- “Measuring Tradition: Assessing Cultural Models for Addiction Treatment in Canada’s Diamond Basin” Society for the Anthropology of North America. New York, NY. Winner, Eleanor Leacock Award.
  • 2015- “Waste, Wealth & Copper Wire: Cultivating an Ethical Life In Canada’s Diamond Basin” American Anthropological Association. Denver, CO.
  • 2016- “Picturing the Arctic, Seeing the Future” Society for Cultural Anthropology Bi-Annual Meeting. Cornell University, Ithaca NY.
  • 2016- “Architectures of Disappointment Resource Affects in Canada’s Northwest Territories”. American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, MN.

Awards and honors

  • 2010- St. Clair Drake Award. Society for the Anthropology of North America.
  • 2010- University of Toronto Summer Writer’s Prize, Non-Fiction. University of Toronto.
  • 2011- Graduate Student Paper Prize, Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology.
  • 2014- Anthropology Photo Prize. American Anthropological Association with Jesse C. Jackson.
  • 2015- Eleanor Leacock Award, Society for the Anthropology of North America.


PhD., Ph.D. University of Toronto Sociology and Equity Studies in Education with a Structured Emphasis in Anthropology, 2013
M.A. University of Alaska, Fairbanks Cross Cultural Education & Applied Linguistics, 2006.