Monica Vasile was a Carson Fellow from 2016/2017 and 2019/2020.
Monica Vasile is an environmental anthropologist. She is currently writing her first monograph The Forest Never Ends: Timbermen, Fiefdoms and Bison in the Postsocialist Carpathian Mountains. She has conducted research in the mountainous regions of Romania and is concerned with issues of human-forest relationship, grazing, rewilding, animal reintroductions, and animal histories more broadly. Monica studied and taught sociology and social anthropology at the University of Bucharest, where she obtained her PhD in 2008. She was a postdoctoral researcher for three years at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle-Saale. Recently she was also head of the research group "Romanian Mountain Commons" at the Romanian Academy of Sciences. In addition to her academic pursuits, Monica worked as a socioeconomic expert for NGO-led nature conservation projects in Romania, which have had direct implications for the lives of Carpathian communities. As a fellow at the RCC, she taught the course "Introduction to Environmental Anthropology" for the Environmental Studies Certificate Program.