Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Miriam Rothenberg

Anthropology and Archaeology


Miriam studies the effects of natural disasters—especially destructive volcanism—on human settlements and communities. Her primary research site is the Caribbean island of Montserrat, where she is investigating how eruptions from the Soufrière Hills Volcano and community responses to this crisis have transformed the landscapes of the volcanic 'Exclusion Zone’ over the past 25 years. Miriam's research integrates scientific approaches to studying (post)depositional processes of site formation with ethnographic research about ruination, political ecology, traumatic temporalities, and resilience. Her work contributes an archaeological perspective to the disciplines of social volcanology and disaster/hazard studies.