Senior Research Associate, Anthropology and the School of Public Policy, McGill University and University of Calgary


Dr. Adam Fleischmann is an anthropologist, writer and teacher, with a PhD in anthropology from McGill University in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Québec. His research and teaching practices bridge anthropological and related approaches to the study of global climate change, the environment, institutions, science and technology, knowledge, ethics and social movements.

His dissertation, “Possibility in an era of climate change: anthropology, knowledge, politics” (McGill University, December 2022), examined how science and politics are brought together in North America to meet the challenges and uncertainties climate change. As part of this ongoing research, he is currently developing a comparative study across North American and European francophonie to follow the work of climate change and energy activist-experts in France. Through this ongoing project, his work enters into debates in the anthropology of climate change, science and technology studies and social movement studies about ethics; affect; sustainable futures; epistemological politics; the theories and subjectivities needed to address transformative issues like global climate change.

In 2023, he is Senior Research Associate at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, leading research on an interdisciplinary health systems project about Virtual Primary Care.

Selected publications

Fleischmann, Adam. “Fire, Ice and Flood.’” March 2023. American Anthropologist 125(1). Peer-reviewed essay. Early Access view:

Fleischmann, Adam. “Studying Climate Change Between Science and Action.” Forthcoming (2023) in “Climate, Science, and Society: A Primer,” edited by Stephen Zehr, Zeke Baker, Tamar Law and Mark Vardy (Routledge). Textbook chapter.

Fleischmann, Adam. “Convening Climate Activism in Canada: Expert-Activists and the Production of the Problem.” Forthcoming (2024) in “Routledge Handbook on Grassroots Climate Activism,” edited by Sabine von Mering, Thomas Bell, Mariana Soberon and Ann Ward (Routledge). Edited volume chapter.

Fleischmann, Adam. “Affect, anxiety and apocalypticism: climate change ‘in a world of wounds.'” Forthcoming (2024) in “How Does Climate Change Feel?” (University of Colorado Press). Edited volume chapter.