Head shot of Dominic Boyer
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Professor of Anthropology, Rice University
  • Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences

Dominic Boyer is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) at Rice University. As the founding director of CENHS, Boyer helps position Rice as a leader in human scientific research at the energy and environment nexus, with a focus on the role the humanities and social sciences can play in the analysis of current energy-related issues and in the imagination and realization of alternative energy futures.

Boyer’s recent work has taken him to the Mexican state of Oaxaca with his colleague and partner, Cymene Howe, looking at the relationship between energy and political power. Together, they coined the term "energopower" to designate a new area of anthropological inquiry that will explore how the materialities and infrastructures of energy generation and distribution impact the formation of political institutions and practices, and vice-versa.

Boyer earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has published several books addressing the intersections of media, journalism and modes of social belonging as well as related topics. His titles include, Spirit and System: Media, Intellectuals, and the Dialectic in Modern Germanic CultureUnderstanding Media: A Popular Philosophy; and The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era