Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

Associate Professor-Anthropology & Environmental Studies

Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Phone: 706-368-6996
Campus Box: 5010
Location: Evans 212

Short Bio

"Dr. Campbell enjoys getting students’ hands dirty in the propagation, saving and distribution of open-pollinated, “heirloom” seeds through the ABC Project and in the documentation of environmental problems and solutions through film-making. His research engages the intersection of human and environment, focusing on strategies and traditional practices for sustainable co-existence. Campbell’s film production venture, Ozarkadia Films allows him to collaborate with students and independent film-makers in the production of ethnographic films related to environmental anthropology and sustainable land management. Campbell has produced three independent documentary films that have screened in film festivals: Seed Swap (2010) screened on public television (AETN, PBS affiliate), The Natural State of America (2011) won the 2011 Society for Applied Anthropology Film Award and The Night the Blackbirds Fell (2013) received funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council, UCA Foundation, and Inspired Media and screened in four states, including a Georgia premiere at the 2014 Rome International Film Festival.

Teaching Interests

  • Anthropology of Food
  • Applying Anthropology
  • Applied Agroecology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Environmental Classics
  • Environment, Society & Culture
  • Visual Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Agrarianism
  • Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation
  • Agroecology
  • Community-Based Conservation
  • Ethnoecology
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Political Ecology
  • Visual Environmental Anthropology

Field Experience


The Night the Blackbirds Fell (2013)
Experimental Documentary Film, Researcher, Writer, and Producer 
Collaboration with former students: Will Scott, Director, Gustav Carlson, Co-writer and Artist, Terrell Case, Editor and Animator

The Natural State of America  (2011)  
Documentary Film Researcher, Writer and Producer 
Directed by former students: Terrell Case, Matthew Corey Gattin and Timothy Wistrand

Seed Swap (2010)
Documentary Film Researcher, Producer, and Co-Writer
Directed and co-written by former student: Zachariah McCannon 

Selected Publications

  • 2016  In Search of Arcadia: Agrarian Values and the Homesteading Tradition in the Ozarks, USA, Environmental Values, Volume 25, Issue 2.
  • 2015  Brian C. Campbell and James R. Veteto. 2015. Free seeds and food sovereignty: anthropology and grassroots
    agrobiodiversity conservation strategies in the US South. Journal of Political Ecology 22: 445-465.
  • 2015 Confrontations On Karst: Anti-Biocide Activism in the Ozarks, U.S., Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFÉ), Volume 37, Issue 2.
  • 2014 “Just Eat Peas and Dance”: Field Peas (Vigna unguiculata) and Food Security in the Ozark Highlands, Journal of Ethnobiology, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp.104-122 
  • 2013  Growing an Oak: An Ethnography of Ozark Bioregionalism, in Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages, edited by Joshua Lockyer and James R. Veteto, published by Berghahn Books, pp. 58-75
  • 2012  Open-Pollinated Seed Exchange: Renewed Ozark Tradition as Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp. 500-522
  • 2010  “Closest to Everlastin’”: Ozark Agricultural Biodiversity and Subsistence Traditions., in Southern Spaces, An Interdisciplinary Journal about the Regions, Places, and Cultures of the American South, published September 20, 2010,