Anna L. Tsing

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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (1952) is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Niels Bohr Professor in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University in Denmark. She is the author of In the Realm of the Diamond Queen (1993), Friction (2005) and The Mushroom at the End of the World (2015).

Tsing received her B.A. from Yale University and completed her masters and Ph.D. at Stanford University. She has contributed, and written several articles and books on a broad range of anthropological subjects and in 2010, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2013, Tsing won a Niels Bohr Professorship at Aarhus University in Denmark for her contribution to interdisciplinary work in the fields of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts. She is currently developing a transdisciplinary program for exploring the Anthropocene. Tsing is director of the AURA project at Aarhus University.



  • editor, with B. van Eekelen, J. González, and B. Stötzer, Shock and Awe: War on Words, New Pacific Press, 2004.
  • Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Princeton University Press, 2005, xiv+321 pp.
    • Friction: délires et faux-semblants de la globalité, trans. Philippe Pignarre and Isabelle Stengers, pref. Nastassja Martin, Paris: La Découverte, 2020, 457 pp. Review: Lebouc (L'Homme). (French)
  • Proliférations, pref. Isabelle Stengers, trans. Marin Schaffner, Marseille: Wildproject, 2022, 100 pp. (French)

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