- PhD, 2014, John Hopkins University
Classics in Sustainable Development
Before joining Appalachian, Anatoli was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of South Florida Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities "Global Change in a Dynamic World." He received his Ph.D in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. His research interests include environmental political theory, global environmental politics, African political thought, postcolonial theory, contemporary political theory, indigenous ecological knowledge, globalization and development, political ecology, international political economy, interpretive methodologies, political ethnography, West Africa, and Ghana.
Anatoli is currently working on a book project entitled Ecologies of the Good Life: Forces, Bodies, and Cross-Cultural Encounters. The project explores how political responses to ecological problems would shift if land were to be understood as a co-creator of social life, and not simply an economic resource or material context for human action. It examines pivotal thinkers in Western political thought, including Thoreau, Nietzsche, and Deleuze and Guattari, in relation to the political thought of the Gurensi people of Ghana. It also highlights the vital role that work in the visual arts and architecture can play in enhancing our sensitivities and forging negotiations between Western and African thought.
Anatoli's second research project focuses on the relationship between contemporary land politics, social identities, and biodiversity governance in Northern Ghana. It examines African sacred groves as sites of political contestation between competing forms of sovereignty and authority.
Anatoli's scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Theory & Event, borderlands, and Law, Culture and the Humanities.