Debbora Battaglia is Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College, and a Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor. She is currently engaged in future studies and questions of world-making  and subjectivity, most recently at intersections of  science, technology, and socioaesthetics. Her publications include E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces (Duke UP), Rhetorics of Self-Making, ed. (University of California Press), and On the Bones of the Serpent: Person, Memory, and Mortality in a Melanesian Society (University of Chicago Press), as well as numerous articles.  Her most recent book project is titled Flying with Plants. Awards include fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities and The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She received her doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.