Luis Vivanco is a cultural anthropologist and co-director of the University of Vermont’s Humanities Center. He holds an A.B. in Religion and M.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. degree in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. He came to UVM in 1997 as a New England Board of Higher Education Dissertation Write-up Fellow and was promoted to Professor in 2015. Luis’s scholarship focuses on understanding the cultural and political aspects of environmental change and efforts to “save nature” through environmental social movements.
In recent years, Luis has also developed a distinct but related research program investigating the rise of sustainable transportation movements and alternatives to automobility in urban areas, specifically focused on the relationship between bicycle transportation, environmental sustainability, and quality of life. He lives in Burlington.