Meg DuBray

Meg DuBray

Meg du Bray was born and raised in Colorado, and spent much of her early life learning the terrain of the mountains. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she received a B.A. in anthropology (with minors in politics and biology). After taking a year off and working for the School for Field Studies in Australia, and then working at a garden center in Colorado, she went on to receive her master’s and Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on understanding the connection between people and the environment, particularly when it comes to water and climate change. When not working, she can be found baking, gardening, and running and hiking with her two dogs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental, ecological, and economic anthropology
  • Cross-cultural anthropology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Hazards and disasters
  • Climate change
  • Resource management
  • Political ecology

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Appalachia Dreaming
  • Research Design and Methods for Environmental Issues
  • Disaster! Responses to the Worst
  • Special Topics: Environmental Justice


  • National Science Foundation EPSCoR MILES Post-doctoral researcher, Idaho State University, 2017-18
  • Ph.D., sociocultural anthropology, Arizona State University, 2017
  • M.A., sociocultural anthropology, Arizona State University, 2015
  • B.A., anthropology with honors (biology and politics, minors), Whitman College, 2012

Publications & Articles

  • M. V. du Bray, M. Burnham, K. Running, and B. Quimby. “Lived experiences and social-ecological change in the farming lifeway of Idaho’s Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer region.” In preparation for submission to Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment.
  • M.V. du Bray, B. Quimby, J.C. Bausch, A. Wutich, S. Porter, W. Eaton, K. Brasier, and C. Williams. “Red, white & blue: Environmental worries among water stakeholders in a U.S. farming community.” Submitted to Weather, Climate and Society.
  • M.V. du Bray, R. Stotts, A. Wutich, and A. Brewis. “Cross-cultural Perceptions of (In)Equity in Ecosystem Service Access: A Preliminary Comparison of Emergent Themes in Four Sites.” Submitted to Human Ecology.
  • J. Hawes, M. Burnham, M.V. du Bray, V. Hillis, Z. Ma, and K. Running. “Social vulnerability to irrigation water loss in the Eastern Snake Plain of Idaho: Assessing the effects of water policy change on farmers.” Submitted to Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment.
  • B. Corvin, M. Burnham, G. Hart-Fredeluces, and M.V. du Bray. “Transboundary Cultural Resources: Sacred Wildlife, Indigenous Emotions, and Conservation Decision-Making.” Under review at The Journal of Political Ecology.
  • M. Gartin, K.L. Larson, A. Brewis, R. Stotts, A. Wutich, D. White, and M.V. du Bray (2020). “Climate Change as an Involuntary Exposure: A Comparative Risk Perception Study from Six Countries across the Global Development Gradient.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(6): 1429-1446.
  • K. Running, M. Burnham, C. Wardropper, Z. Ma, J. Hawes, and M.V. du Bray. (2019). “Farmer adaptation to reduced groundwater availability.” Environmental Research Letters DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab4ccc.
  • K. Running, M. Burnham, and M.V. du Bray. (2019). “Fairness in Common-Pool Resource Access: Reactions to New Agricultural Water Use Restrictions in Idaho.” Environmental Sociology DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2019.1643548.
  • M. V. du Bray, R. Stotts, M. Beresford, A. Wutich, A. Brewis. (2019). “Challenges to the Ecosystem Services Valuation Paradigm: Local and Cross-cultural Perspectives.” Economic Anthropology DOI: 10.1002/sea2.12128.
  • A. Brewis, A. Wutich, M.V. du Bray, J. Maupin, R. Schuster, and M. Gervais. (2018). “Community hygiene norm violators are consistently stigmatized: Evidence from four global sites and implications for sanitation interventions.” Social Science and Medicine DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.10.020.
  • M.V. du Bray, M. Burnham, K. Running, V. Hillis. (2018). “Who governs groundwater? Adaptive governance, (de)centralization, and the role of the state in new groundwater management policies.” Water Alternatives 11(3): 533-551.
  • M.V. du Bray, A. Wutich, K.L. Larson, D.D. White, A. Brewis. (2018). “Anger and Sadness: Emotional Geographies of Climate Threats in Four Island Nations.” Cross-cultural research DOI: 10.1177/1069397118759252.
  • M.V. du Bray, A. Wutich, K.L. Larson, D.D. White, A. Brewis. (2017). “Emotion, Coping, and Climate Change in Island Nations: Implications for Environmental Justice.” Environmental Justice DOI: 10.1089/env.2016.0025
  • M.V. du Bray, A. Wutich, A. Brewis. (2017). “Hope and Fear: Gendered Emotional Geographies of Climate Change in Three Vulnerable U.S. Communities.” Weather, Climate and Society 9(2): 285-297.
  • M. Palta, M.V. du Bray, R. Stotts, A. Wutich, A. Wolf. (2016). “Ecosystem Services and Disservices for a Vulnerable Population: Findings from Urban Waterways and Wetlands in an American Desert City.” Human Ecology 44(4): 463-478.