Amy Leia McLachlan

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Amy Leia McLachlan is a cultural anthropologist whose work considers the ethics, politics, and transformative potential of relations to and through plant life. Her research since 2006 with Uitoto communities of the Colombian Amazon traces the history of extractive botanical economies as vectors of radically conflicting dreams about livable futures. Her current book project, Cultivating Futures: Kinwork and Cosmopoesis in an Amazonian Plant World, draws on apprenticeship with Uitoto migrant curers, rainforest cultivators, and urban conjurers to consider what it means to continue projects of world-making as the conditions of that making are continuously undone. A second project, on the ethics of surrogation, pursues questions of intersubjectivity and transformation in post-traumatic formations across intimate and ecological registers. Her interests include gender and kinship, magic and curing, trauma and the temporalities of the symptom, poetics and translation, and politics of the sensory.


  • GLST 29800, BA Seminar Thesis I, Fall 2020
  • GLST 29801, BA Seminar Thesis II, Fall 2020