Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Laboratory of Cultural and Social Anthropology (LACS), University of Lausanne


Mark Goodale is Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology and former Director of the Laboratory of Cultural and Social Anthropology (LACS) at the University of Lausanne. Before moving to Switzerland in 2014, he held teaching positions at George Mason University, where he was Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology, and Emory University, where he served as the first Marjorie Shostak Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology.

He currently directs a four-year research project (2019-2023), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, that is studying the lithium energy assemblage from evaporation mining in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni to sites of lithium-ion battery production and EV manufacture and use and through debates over green energy futures.

He is an Honorary Associate of the Sydney Energy Institute at the University of Sydney and a member of the scientific advisory board for the project “Green Dealings?: Negotiating lithium between South America and Europe,” directed by Professor Marc Hufty of the Graduate Institute.